Quincy Aug. 17th. 1798
Your address has been forwarded by Colonel Spencer as you requested, and demands a respectfull return. The approbation of any of the Inhabitants beyond the Mountains, is very acceptable to me for reasons which cannot be mistaken. You must share the Fortunes of your Bretheren in the Atlantic States, whether prosperous or adverse. Seperated from them you would soon be the Prey of one or another foreign Power, and Subject to a yoke which neither you nor your Fathers nor Brothers were able to bear—
MHi: Adams Family Papers, Letterbooks.