|Dear Sir.||The Hague November 19. 1796.|
Since I wrote you last, (on the 9th) I have received your favour of the 1st: instt: in which you mention that you are preparing for your departure on your return to America. As I am necessarily detained here, and apprehend I shall continue to be so several months longer, I shall not find it possible to enjoy the pleasure of seeing you again in Europe. I can only hope that I shall before long have that of meeting you in America. It has always been my determination to make my residence in Europe as short as I could consistently with what I consider as my public duty, and the necessary arrangement of my own affairs and concerns. After your return, I shall have stronger motives than ever to draw me towards my Country.
My expectations of a general Peace from which you mention that your opinion differs, were not very sanguine. Yet when the desire of Peace is so explicitly professed by all the Governments and so profoundly felt by all the Nations at War, I would fain hope that the Event will be more favourable than the present prospects promise. Your opinion is that which generally prevails here; it is very possibly the just one, I can certainly oppose no proof against it
I remain with great respect and attachment, My Dear Sir, your / very hble. & obedt: Servt:
John Q. Adams.