Adams Papers

From John Adams to Timothy Pickering, 1 May 1799

Quincy May 1st 1799


I received your favor of the 23d & have read all the papers inclosed with attention & much satisfaction. With the No 3. observations &c I was particularly pleased.

I can see no rational objection to any of the seven articles ultimately signed by all the heads of department unless it be the 6th.

When I first read this I was apprehensive that some embarassment <would> might soon arise in consequence of it. We have given our word that the commerce should be opened by proclamation as soon as privateering should be suppressed in the island & the fullfillment of our promise may be claimed. But on further consideration I hope & presume that Gen Maitland will settle this point without any difficulty to us. I am very glad that you did not <obtain> detain Gen Maitland till you could hear from me. Upon the whole I think the negotiation has been conducted with caution & prudence & the result has my fullest approbation

I am Sir your most obedient & huml sert

MHi: Adams Family Papers, Letterbooks.

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