Adams Papers

To John Adams from François Adriaan Van der Kemp, 25 July 1788

New-york 25. Jul. ’88.


Being returned at New-york, after a journeÿ of five weeks in the countrÿ, to take a view of the land, I wished to employ this moment to inform your Hon. of the issue—I was about 70 miles above albany—Saw differents tracts of Land—Probably, if the price be not to high—our choice wil be the circuits of kingston, where we have Seen two farm, who [suided] to our circumstances. In two or three weeks we wil know it with certainty—during that time I Shal paÿ a visit at Philadelphia and Mount vernon intending to go to the first place, next fridaÿ with the Stage. A Strong desire to See Philadelphia and B. Franklin, a wish to paÿ my obliged Compliments to Esqr. John Ross. who was So polite to refuse ten guineas for the passage of my two childres; and a invitation of America’S late Commander at chief are my motifs—I congratulate Massachusetts People with your election at Congres, and hope they wil in respect to you follow the Romans Example in respect to Cicero, being Sure that they will never be disappointed by you in the Same manner—

your Saying Sir! in the gold Lion at Leyden, of some European Court—, theÿ love not these democratical principles, must be proved for an unbeliever, thoug I never doubted of it—Some-times—that theÿ by their own intrest, would consider sinceritÿ in Engagements as a dutÿ but I Saw a new proof of a people’s miserÿ; who needs the adsistance of forein power to defend their libety—

Be So good Sir! to inform me what the best and accuratest compilation is of the events of the late American War? there is published Some work of the Marquis Chastellux—and another in four volumes of J. AndrewS? what is the real value of [. . .] S your defence of American Independance accomplished in two vol. or wil they be joined with a 3th? maÿ I know it before I go to the countrÿ? Permit me, to recommend mÿ and my familÿ to your favour, and be Sure that I am, with due respect / Sir. / Your much obedient / and Obliged Servant

F. Adr. van der Kemp

P.S adres bÿ Mrs. M. and H. Oudenaarden Hanover Square N. 18 New-york.

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