Washington 3 May 1824—
My dear brother.
I have recieved your letter of the 26 ulto. If the proposition which you say has been made to you, is the express desire of my father & it was by his direction that you made it me; & if on the receipt of this letter, he continues to desire that the house should be painted white, I authorize you to comply with his wishes; provided it can be done without inconvenience to the tenant of the house; whose consent may, I suppose, be obtained.
Your affectionate brother—
MHi: Adams Family Papers, Letterbooks.