London Jany. 25, 1787
I had yesterday the Honour of writing to Congress my desire and intention to return to America, at the expriation of my Commission to this Court. I Know not the Sentiments of my friends in Congress, & possibly Some of them may wish me to remain longer in Europe,—But I beg leave Genl to Signify to you, in this private manner my fixed resolution to return in all events. Candour requires that I Should inform you of this to prevent you Gentlemen from compromising yourselves and our State, as well as me. It would expose me to an odium and do no honour to any Member of Congress who Should vote for me, to remain longer in Europe If I Should come home against orders or without Permission.
Let me therefore request the favour of you, Gentlemen and of all the Friends I have in Congress to promote my Recall, according to the decent Plan I have proposed to Congress.
I hope the measure will be adopted with perfect unanimity.—To be explicit I am determined to come home—tho I Should be compelled to do it in an ungracious Manner but I hope this will not be made necessary—
With great respect, esteem, & affection I have / the honour to be, / Gentlemen / Your most obt / & most humble Servt.
MHi: Adams Family Papers, Letterbooks.