|Dear Sir.||The Hague December 7. 1796.|
Since I had the pleasure of writing you last I have received letters from America, which place it beyond a doubt that I shall be detained here, untill late in the Spring if not through the ensuing Summer.—I have therefore resigned the hopes of seeing you again before my own return to America,
We have nothing new here, of material importance. You are no doubt informed of Mr: Pinckney’s arrival in France. I suppose he must before this be at Paris, but have had no account of it as yet.
The negotiations for Peace go on slowly and look still very angry. There appears to be no expectation here that they will succeed. The french Government however have sent a Minister to Vienna, where it is probable they propose to make a separate Peace with the Emperor. . —There is great expectation here to see how the British Ministry will raise money for the next year; and especially without resorting to a loan.
With my kindest remembrance to Mrs: Johnson, and the young Ladies, I remain, my Dear Sir, very sincerely your’s
John Q. Adams.