Adams Papers

From John Quincy Adams to Thomas Boylston Adams, 24 February 1801

Berlin 24 February 1801

My dear brother

On the 7th: of this month I wrote informing you that I had withdrawn from Amsterdam all the funds I had there and remitted to Mr King in London fourteen hundred pounds sterling for which I authorised you to draw upon him and employ for me, with the usual commission—I left the mode of employment to your own vigilance and discretion, excluding only to our friends of the Union in which under present circumstances having already so much of my property embarked in Town, I do not think it prudent to risk all the rest—I likewise then repeated my recommendations to you never to lose sight of the special object I have always preferr’d for vesting permanently my property. To wait with patience but not with inattention for the chance of a favourable bargain and if anyone, would offer be sure not to, let it slip through your hands.

My letter of the 7th: I enclosed to Mr: King with a request to forward it—On the 16th.—I sent through Mr: Pitcairn at Hamburg a few lines to the same purport to serve as a duplicate; and the present which I shall desire Mr: Murray to send from Holland, is instead of a triplicate.

I suppose my further continuance in Europe will be very short. it is not improbable that when you receive this letter you will know me to be recalled Should this be the case, you will nevertheless draw for the money and take care to place it so that upon my return I may be able to take it into my own hands, with as little inconvenience and delay as possible.

There is a bare possibility that the present state of affairs in Europe, and particularly in its Northern part, will induce our Government to have me here sometime longer—Should this be the case, I shall continue to write to you as often as my health and leisure will permit—You remember when you were with me how often I needed without obtaining information when my letters were receiv’d—I will not insist upon your answering every single letter—But I will thank you whenever you do write to specify the days when you receiv’d them—The communication through England will probably soon be stopp’d. But there will still be open those of Hamburg, Bremen and Holland.—The subject of my Silesian letters will soon be exhausted, and perhaps you will already think it drain’d to the dregs—But it is rather for the sake of an apology for writing so often than any other cause that I have spun it out, and there is to me so much more pleasure in the mere circumstance of hearing from an absent friend, very often, that I hope you too will deem it immaterial what the subject of my letters is, provided you hear directly once every fortnight or three weeks, that we are all well.

Affectionately yours.


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