The Hide Thursday 6 Septem 1787—
I had the pleasure to receive your favor this morning shall be very happy to receive you & mrs Adams your own day tuesday 11th:
Pray tell Col Smith I will not say one word about the conditions of his visit but shall be glad to see him & his Lady on his own terms. These Americans will have their own way and so let them.
if it was possible I should be glad to see Jennings with you. However we will meet in town. I am perfectly satisfied without reading more. I know not how the date escaped me but believe it was last friday the post mark will show it if necessary.
The preface to Bellendenus, a scarce book almost forgot, will entertain you it is the subject of conversation, & cried up by opposition. The Author I know, is a clergyman very sensible and one of the first greek scholars but between ourselves an apostate in civil & religious matters.
The American Spirit is up in France Holland & Brabant & I hope in Peru may it live.
Adieu, till I see you & mrs. Adams here in perfect / health & good spirit. / I am Dear Sir / with great regard / your sincere Friend
T. Brand Hollis.
MHi: Adams Papers.