13 Oct. 1799
Before I heard of your coming this way, sooner than was expected, I enclosed you in two packets, letters to different persons, & in each one from some of your correspondents—After hearing of your departure I wrote to my Mother requesting her to forward some & return others, which a letter from her of the 7th: informs me she has done. Your caution came too late, but no harm is done, at least, I hope not—When we meet, you shall hear how and what, if you can wait so long. I am a little vexed, but not so much as I might & perhaps ought to be about it. Let me know if your seals are respected where you are.
I shall send you letters soon for my Mother, who, I rejoice to hear is well escorted—She mentioned my meeting her at East Chester, to accompany her hither, which I shall willingly do, if I am summoned; this is the reason why I cannot go very Soon, to see you, because I may find it convenient to do both, under one jaunt—I have some desire to pass a few hours in New York for the sake of business, but do not think expedient to go on purpose, the object not authorising time & expence.
I am in truth / Your’s
MWA: Adams Papers.