New York 16 Jany 1789
You will recieve this at a Moment when you will again find yourself surrounded by your amiable Family—it is a pleasing circumstance, and I congratulate you on theoccasion. We are much obliged to Mrs. Adams for having honored us tho for a little while with her company—it has confirmed the Esteem which her Character had inspired.—If wishes were not vain, I should wish you all well settled in our neighbourhood: but I am not without Hopes that we may yet pass much Time together.
I forbear saying any Thing of public affairs, because our friends will tell you as much about them as I can—They do not ware a bright Aspect in this and some other States: but we have seen darker Days, and have been too much accustomed to political Navigation to despair of seeing the Ship survive much harder weather—.Adieu my friend—may you long continue to do good and be happy—
P.S. A sore Thumb deprives Mrs. Jay of the Pleasure of writing to You at present—
MHi: Adams Papers.