Quincy April 13th. 1824
Your Elegant presents of a History & a Map of Washington, deserve my best thanks.
The History of the rise and Progress of the City is realy delightful it is already a magnificent City—And in a few Years I think it must become one of the most beautiful Citys in the world—The Map I presume is correct—though I cannot see it—I spent but one Winter and one short Session of Congress there—And then all was new & the world was in confusion so that I had but little comfort there, but now it must have become a delightful residence—It is indeed a City sett on a Hill and commands the attention of the world and will do so more & more.—
I wish you long life happiness and Prosperity in it, and all your frends—
I am with many thanks for your valuable present and the best wishes for the glory of Washington—
Your obliged friend / and humble Servant
MHi: Adams Family Papers, Letterbooks.