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Elbridge Gerry to John Adams, 2 Feb. 1786

New York 2d. Feby 1786.

My dear Friend

I have but one of your Favours unanswered, which was duly delivered by Mr Wingrove, a very intelligent & worthy Character. I wish it was in the, power of Congress to comply with his Wishes, but general Regulations will not admit thereof.

I am discontinued agreably to the Confederation from my Seat in the Councils of America, & will You beleive it? I have commenced private Life, By an alliance which I flatter myself is more natural than any of those which even yourself have formed for your Country, but I emulate not to one superior to that You [have] formed for Yourself.

Nothing of Consequence has been done by the present Congress, which have not since they were formed, had more than seven States on the Floor. is it not astonishing that the Union or any Part of it, are so inattentive to the publick Welfare, as to continue so negligent in this Instance, notwithstanding the repeated Applications made by the Congress to the Legislatures on the Subject?

Mrs Gerry joins in Compliments to yourself, Mrs & Miss Adams, with my / dear sir your Friend / & huml servt

E Gerry

RC (MHi: Adams Papers).

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