Adams Papers

To John Adams from John Jay, 1 November 1786

From John Jay

New York 1 Novr 1786

Dear Sir

accept my thanks for your Letter mentioning the Marriage of your Daughter, and my cordial Congratulations on that pleasing Event.—1 they who best know the Coll: speake of him as brave and honorable; and Strangers to the Lady draw the most favorable Inferences from her Parentage, and from the attention and Example of a Mother whose charater is very estimable.

I sincerely wish my dear Friend that you had as much Reason to be pleased with your political as with your domestic Situation— The sweets however of the latter, must greatly soften the asperity of the former; and when public cares and Considerations excite painful Emotions, you doubtless enjoy the Reflection that tho’ Patriots seldom rest on Beds of Roses, yet that your private Pillow, like your Conscience, is free from Thorns.

as it is not right that the public should be charged for the postage of Papers not interesting to them or their concerns; I inclose an order in your Favor on Joshua Johnson, for any Sum within six Guineas— Be so good as to take as much from him as will replace what you paid for the Postage of the Pamphlets &c.

I am Dear Sir / Your affectionate Friend & Servt

John Jay—

RC and enclosure (Adams Papers description begins Manuscripts and other materials, 1639–1889, in the Adams Manuscript Trust collection given to the Massachusetts Historical Society in 1956 and enlarged by a few additions of family papers since then. Citations in the present edition are simply by date of the original document if the original is in the main chronological series of the Papers and therefore readily found in the microfilm edition of the Adams Papers (APM). description ends ); internal address: “The Hon’ble John Adams Esqr.

1Jay refers to JA’s second letter of 16 June (LbC, APM Reel 113), for which see JA’s first letter of that date, note 1, above. In the second letter, JA acknowledged Jay’s two letters of 4 May but complained that the newspapers and pamphlets accompanying them cost him “between six & seven Guineas for the postage.” It is that complaint to which Jay refers in the final paragraph of this letter.

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