Adams Papers

John Adams to Robert Pierepont, 4 Jun. 1786

London June 4th. 1786—


I am honoured with your Letter of the 24. May & from a regard to your father as well as yourself, I should be glad to give you my advice, or render you any service in my power that might be usefull to you, but from your Letter I perceive your attachment to the Dutchess of Kingston, is so strong that you will be likely to be of her Grace’s Party let my advice be what it may—The Duty you owe to an aged & worthy father, ought no doubt to be very seriously considered by You

Perhaps you might persuade her Grace to go to Boston instead of Petersbourg, which would remove all your Difficulties—The Objection to this, that “The English flagg is not permitted to enter the harbour of Boston” is without foundation—English ships enter freely into all the ports in America, although it is true they are not permitted to export certain Articles from Boston—But this I presume will be no inconvenience to the Dutchess of Kingston, or her ship, The Dutchess would find our Country as curious & interesting as any she has seen

But if such a Project is impracticable, it is not in my power to advise you, because I am not acquainted with the views & expectations you may have in continuing in the family of the Dutchess—

These may be such as might justify you to your father, They must nevertheless be very advantageous to excuse you, for leaving so respectable and venerable a Parent, at an age when all the Consolations his family can give him, may be necessary to his Comfortable existence, I wish you a pleasant Voyage whether it be to Boston or to Petersburg—

J. A—

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