Navy Department 19. Septr. 1798.
The enclosed letter was recd. last night—it is yet too early to receive an official confirmation of the intelligence it contains—but as I hope, & believe it to be true, I cannot deny myself the pleasure of forwarding it to you in its present state.
I have the honor to be / with the highest respect & / esteem, sir yr. most Obed / servt
MHi: Adams Papers.