Alexandria Septr. 27th. 1819.
I intend that this shall be handed to you by my daughter Nancy, who accompanies her sister Mary; in a visit to our friends in New England. These my children are almost what I could wish them to be. I rejoice that they will have an opportunity of seeing you whose character they have been taught to revere. I had hoped that they might have become acquainted with her who was so deservedly dear to you, to me, & to all her friends; but they are intimate with her character, and will humbly endeavour to imbibe her virtues.
I hope you will not consider this letter as imposing any obligation on your part to reply to it, as I am sufficiently gratified in being permitted to assure you of my unabated affection reverence and gratitude.
MHi: Adams Papers.