Winchester 6th Octr. 1799
Hoping it will not be deemed improper in me to give my opinion before it is asked relative to the suspension of the mission to France I will take the liberty of expressing it. I have reflected on the subject a good deal and I cannot perceive any sufficient reasons for the suspension. Such a measure would exceedingly disappoint the general expectation of America and exciting the jealousy & suspicion of many concerning your sincerity in making the nomination, would afford your enemies an opportunity of indulging their evil dispositions. If the envoys proceed as I think they ought it does not appear to me, that any inconvenience will be felt by the United States, even if they should find a monarch on the Throne of france which I by no means expect will very soon happen. I am Sir with perfect respect & the highest esteem your most obedient Servant
MHi: Adams Papers.