Quincy Oct. 26. 1798
I received in its season your obliging Address and regret that Circumstances, sufficiently known have not permitted me an earlier opportunity of giving that particular Attention to it, which its Merits demanded. General Washingtons Acceptance of the Chief Command of the Army has been received, as it could not fail to be received with the <
general> universal and affectionate Congratulations of his Fellow Citizens throughout the Union, and with the Admiration and Applause of all Men of Principle in foreign Nations. The vain and arrogant Attempt to promote Discord between the Citizens of the United States and their Government, are still continued < with> with all their finesses. I trust, with you, that the American People are not to be the Dupes.
MHi: Adams Papers.