Adams Papers

To John Adams from Arthur Lee, 4 July 1788

New York July 4th. 1788

My Dear Sir

Give me leave to congratulate you on your happy arrival in your native Country; & on the respectable reception that has attended it. I beg the favor of you to present my congratulations on the same account to Mrs. Adams.

Thou I am not an Admirer of the new Constitution, yet as you approve of it & as a great many wise and good men expect much honor & advantage to our Country from the adoption of it, I congratulate you also on the accession of Virginia, to its adoption.

Our latest Accounts from the Convention of this State inform us that notwithstanding the ratification of Virginia a great majority continues firm against adoption. The Packet from England, arrivd yesterday, but I do not hear She brought any thing new.

I have the honor to be, with very great esteem, dear Sir, Yr. most / Obedt. Servt

Arthur Lee

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