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From John Adams to Nicolaas Van Staphorst, 2 December 1788

Braintree near Boston Decr: 2. 1788.


With much Pleasure did I receive your friendly and obliging Letter of the 21 of August, and your kind congratulations on my arrival at my home, although in the fourteen years of the best Part of my Life, which has been devoted to the Public Service, my private fortune has been much injured and the Prospects of my children greatly obscured yet, I cannot but reflect on them with Pleasure, as they were a sacrifice to the dangerous and necessitous situation of my Country. There is no Part of them that I recollect with more satisfaction than those years that were passed in Holland in the Society of the Friends of Liberty and their Country, among whom you Gentlemen hold a conspicuous place. Give me leave to return you my Thanks for the genteel present contained in two Cases. Mrs: Adams is gone to New York to see her Daughter: as soon as she returns, and is informed of your Politeness to her, she will undoubtedly acknowledge it with her own hand. in the mean time I can assure you of her best respects to yourselves and Mrs: Van Staphorst.

As it was my Intention, I fully depended on it, that you had been furnished with the second and third Volumes of the "Defence" &c. I have taken the Liberty to send a Set for each of you Gentlemen, and one for Mr: Hobart.

The revolutions that are succeeding one another so rapidly in the Cabinets of Europe, I fear will bring your Republic into perplexing circumstances: nor will ours be out of Danger. The States are in the midst of the organization of the new Government and the Elections have hitherto gone very well.

Is there any Way, Gentlemen, in which I can be useful, to you in this Country?

With great Regard I have the Honour to be, Gentleman, &c

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