Grosvr. sqr. Septr. 10th. 1787.
I have received the Letter, which you did me the honor to write me on the 7th. of this month, & have observ’d with great satisfaction, the assurances of her most faithfull Majesty’s desire, to conclude with the United states of America a treaty of Commerce upon convenient conditions—
I am very well convinced sir, of the Utility & Convenience which would be found in the nomination of ministers between the two powers & if it depended upon me, I flatter myself there would be no difficulty in concerting with your Excellency both that important point & the Character those ministers should bear in their missions—But as I have neither instructions nor Authority from my Soveriegn to justify me in entering into such negotiations, I can only transmit to Congess copies of your Excellency’s Letter & of my Answr. this I shall have the honor to do the first oppertunity—the earnest desire of the Citizens of the United states of America to shew their respects to Her most faithful Majesty & to live in perfect friendship with all her Majesty’s dominions, will undoubtedly induce Congress to transmit as soon as possible their ansr. to Her majesty’s friendly proposition.
I have the honor to be / &c. &c—
signed) John Adams
DNA: Papers of the Continental Congress.