I take up my pen to mingle with you and Mrs. Adams the feelings of our Great Affliction for the Death of General Washington. A better Man and a Greater General never lived. I have lost a real And Sincere friend who would protect Me. I now look up to you Sir to protect me in my rights and from knowing you here I shall feel the Influence of your Protection. Since I had the Honour of Seeing you and Mrs. Adams the Cup of Affliction has almost drounded Me. Please to accept of My wish that You and Mrs. Adams may long live to be a Comfort to each other.
All the Americans are deeply Afflicted and so are the English.
I have the Honour to / be with Profound Respect / and Esteem Your Most / Obedient Humble Servant
MHi: Adams Papers.