Exeter 27 Feby. 1788
Seeing in the Gazette of Saturday last that you had taken leave of his Majesty, & presuming you are soon about to return to America, I should feel myself wanting in gratitude was I not to avail myself of an opportunity before your departure of expressing the obligations I was lain under by the distinguished respect I received when you visited this part of the Country, very heartily Sir do I now return Thanks to you, Mrs. Adams, & Mr. Smith for your condescending Visit. I heartily wish you a safe pleasant & prosperous Voyage, and happy meeting of the other dear parts of your Family & Friends in America, that you may find your Country in perfect tranquility & its Liberty’s both Civil & Religious settled on an immoveable Basis is my more than most hearty Wish.
It gives one much concern to inform you that Mr. Andrew Cranch died 16 Decr. last, & that I am this moment informed of the death of Mr. William Cranch at Brook near Kingsbridge. If the great concerns you are engaged in before you leave this County will give you a few moments leisure to favor me with a line in reply I cannot express how much honor & pleasure it will afford to Sir, your most respectful & Obliged humble Servant
PS. Please to present all my Family’s most tender & affectionate Regards to all our dear American Relatives & friends, & inform Mr. R. Cranch I have been long in expectation of hearing from him, to whom I wish every consolation he may want when he is acquainted with the awful bereavements of his poor antient Brothers.
MHi: Adams Papers.