Washington 26 March 1826—
My dear Niece
I return the enclosed letter according to your desire, painfully regretting, that I can not consistently with my sense of my duties, comply with the wish of the writer; and yours in his behalf. The reasons of this I cannot fully explain to you, but I trust you will be assured they are not incompatible with that ardent and sincere affection to which you so forcibly appeal, & the power of which I acknowledge in every pulse of the heart—
I am Affectionately Yours—
MHi: Adams Family Papers, Letterbooks.