Rotterdam 29. June 1797.
My Dear Sir
I left the Hague yesterday morning, on my way to London, from whence I hope to proceed after a very short stay there, and a great change in my personal situation, to Lisbon.
I hope Mr: Murray will find his residence at the Hague agreeable. The dispositions of the Government are excellent towards us, and I received from many of the members marks of regard and good will, which deserve my cordial acknowledgments.
You will find from my correspondence with the Secretary of State, that I did not conceive myself at Liberty to accept the customary present of a medal & chain which was offered me, and that though urged to request the permission of Congress, I shall not do it.
We received a few days ago the Speech to both Houses of Congress, on the 16th: of May. I find it also in the Morning Herald, a London Paper of the 24th. General Pinckney and Mr: Murray speak of it in very high terms.—You will not think I feel less; but I say nothing.—My opinions in this case could not be of much weight.
My letters to you will I fear be short and unsatisfactory, untill I get settled. My mind is too much agitated and distracted, for the calmness and composure of political narrative or speculation.
You will perceive by the papers enclosed that Mr: Adet has arrived: they say that your old friend Barthelemi, now a member of the Directory, is very well disposed towards us.—Pastoret has made a motion for the annulment of the arretés against the Americans, which were unconstitutional, designating especially that of 12. Ventose.—But it looks as if another struggle of internal factions was approaching. The members of the old Convention, now gone out, tremble at the danger, which the public execration exposes them to.—The new comers who now have the clear strong and decided majority in both Houses, proceed in such a manner as increases very much the alarm of their predecessors.—A new club has therefore been formed at the head of which is Syeyes, and who boast of having within Paris fifty thousand Men at their disposition , in case of necessity. Some revolutionary coup de main is to be soon expected
I hope to give you some little information of English affairs from London. The mutinous spirit of the fleet, sleeps at present under the embers. The situation of that Country is extremely precarious.
I send to the Secretary of State, copies of the Constitution as finally drawn up by the Batavian Assembly—and as it is to be presented to the People. There are few Men of honesty in this Country, that are not sick of Revolutions.
Venice and Genoa have experienced the fatal fraternity of France. The same calamity is impending upon the Swiss.—As for us, upon our own wisdom and firmness more than upon any foreign aid or friendship, rests our salvation.
Your dutiful Son
John Q. Adams.