Quincy December 31st 1812
I cannot take leave of the Year, without confession of my fault and begging Pardon, A Letter so kind and obliging as yours of 20th September ought not to have been Unnoticed, till this day. My heart is bound up with the Navy and I love the Officers, as well as my Sons. Their politeness to me, was conspicuous enough. Their Invitations were cordial enough. But I had reasons, which I could explain to you. Alass! I could not “come and go Snugly and quietly”—
The Independent Whigg Shews the Times. I hope I Shall not be compelled to write Independent Whiggs.—
I have not paid for the Botanist which I have received in two well bound Volumes. I will Send the Price to Town by the first Opportunity.—I congratulate you on the 74th and 44th. <
I> O triumphe! I wish to know your plan.
Yours as ever.
MHi: Adams Family Papers, Letterbooks.