Adams Papers

To John Adams from John Jay, 4 September 1787

New York 4th. Septemr. 1787

Dr. Sir

Although I have nothing important to say or transmit, yet I cannot let the Packet sail without a few lines for you.—

I wrote to you the 31st. of July by Major Sears, and have since received yours of the 16th. June with the Contract mentioned in it—They are on the Table of Congress, but the want of an adequate Representation of the States has prevented any Thing being yet done on that or indeed any other Subject since their Arrival.—

Until the Convention rises I fear Congress will continue much in its present State, and of course many Things will be left undone which ought to be done.—

My Report respecting your Return lies in the State it was, although nothing on my part has been omitted to obtain a Decision on it—it is expressed in terms which so far as it respects yourself individually, will I flatter myself strongly evince the Esteem & Respect with which I am, / Dr. Sir, / Your most obt. & hble: Servt.—

John Jay

P.S. A Packet with Newspapers accompanies this. Be pleased to present my Compliments to Coll. Smith.

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