My venerable Old friend of 1774
Accept of my thanks for your last letter.—I enclose you a few numbers of the Aurora. Shall we descend in a Calm or a storm to <
the> our Graves? We are told your son is gone to Petersburg to put a torch to the flame of War, and that we are to be Allies of France and of all the powers on the Baltic in it. Mr Jackson has just left our city. He has been visited & entertained by Some of our first people, but neglected by many more. all who have seen him speak highly of his talents—knowledge—manners—and even morals. His Wife < a [. . .]> (educated at the Court of Berlin) has charmed all who have seen her. With love as usual I am ever /Yrs
PS Have you seen the life of T Paine by Cheetham? It is I believe a true One—not only his life, but the details of his Sickness & death are a complete refutation of all his Writings against Christianity.
MHi: Adams Papers.