Adams Papers

John Adams to Jonathan Jackson, 1 May 1784

To Jonathan Jackson

The Hague May 1. 1784.1


This day I receiv’d, your kind Letter of the 27 of April, with the two Letters.

I left England in January, to get some money in Holland to discharge Bills to a very large Amount, drawn at a Venture the like of which will not, I hope be repeated.— I have been here Since that time and shall go probably in three or four Weeks for Paris, where it would give me great Pleasure to see you. I can give you no Information however, concerning the Determinations at St: James’s or at Annapolis It is equally difficult to divine the System of each of those respectable Places.

Nothing has been done, respecting the Losses at St: Eustatius, the Dutch Embassadors at Paris, insisted sometime upon a Compensation, and I furnished them with the American Demand, but they were necessitated at last, not only to relinquish their Claims, but to make Cessions, and I suppose our American sufferers must submit to their Losses as well as the Dutch ones.

If I may presume to be free, I think it a fatal Mistake, in our Policy, to neglect to this time, to send a full Power to some body or other to treat of Commerce, with Great Britain, To whom it is sent may be a matter of Indifference, but the sending it or not, can by no means be so.

The printed Letters from yourself and Mr: Higginson shall be communicated among respectable Merchants in Amsterdam.

I hope soon to hear of the arrival of my better moiety, in London, or in the Texel, and then I foresee I shall grow as lazy as any Body would wish me to be. indeed I begin to think that I have broke my Shins and Neck long enough.

In hopes of seeing you, at the Hague, in London, or Paris, I subscribe myself, your Friend &c.

P.S. By my last Letters Coll: Quincy of Braintree was in great danger from the same disorder which proved fatal to my Father Smith.2

LbC in JQA’s hand (Adams Papers); internal address: “Jonathan Jackson Esqr.”; APM Reel 107.

1JA also wrote to Jackson on 4 May, for which see Timothy Pickering’s letter of 17 March, note 1, above.

2One of the “last Letters” was presumably AA’s of 11 February. There she wrote that “Col. Quincy lies very dangerously ill of the same disorder which proved fatal to my dear and honourd parent,” that is, strangury, a blockage of the urinary tract (AFC, description begins Adams Family Correspondence, ed. L. H. Butterfield, Marc Friedlaender, Richard Alan Ryerson, Margaret A. Hogan, and others, Cambridge, 1963–. description ends , 5:304, 305).

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