Quincy May 4th. 1798
Hond: and dear Brother
Next to the approbation of a good Conscience, perhaps there is nothing gives us a more sincere pleasure than the approbation of those we love and who know us best. In this view the enclosed Address from your native Town must give you pleasure. Our worthy Friend Benjamin Beale Esqr with his wonted Spirit of Freedom exhibited the Draft of the Address to our fellow Townsmen, who forthwith signed it with pleasure. As this Address is the freewill Offering of your old Friends and Acquaintance and of their Children who now chiefly fill the Stage, it will doubtless from that circumstance be peculiarly pleasing to you. I think I have reason to congratulate my Country and you on the Spirit of Independence which has been roused by reading the late Dispatches, taken in connexion with the mild, fair and pacific Instructions given to our Envoys. I think the Friends to Federalism increase thro’ the Country, and that our Independence will be supported with energy and zeal.
The Post is waiting so that I can only add that I am with the highest Esteem your obliged Brother
MHi: Adams Papers.