Braintree Sept: 15th 1788.
On saturday night I received your letter of the tenth of this month, and with it a letter inclosed to you from his excellency Mr Bowdoin of the same date. The late misfortune in a family for which from my earliest infancy, I have entertained a particular respect, the charges and suspicions against you, for whom I have long had a particular regard, have affected me so very sensibly, that I could wish to avoid so painful an examination, as that to which you will invite me. But as Mr & Mrs Apthorp have agreed with you in the choice, and you have done me the honor to join me with a gentleman in whose justice and humanity as well as judgment, I have an entire confidence, I will not hesitate to accept the trust: Hoping that the late misfortune may be alleviated, and the happiness of the two families promoted by such an investigation as you propose—
I cannot however conclude without concurring with Mr Bowdoin in his advice, “that the parties with a point of candor and mutual condescention, and without exterior aid, will endeavor to re–establish the harmony and good will that once so happily subsisted between them" Mr Bowdoins letter, and a copy of this I shall convey as you desire to Mr Apthorp. I have the honor to be Sir your most obedient, humble Servant.
MHi: Adams Family Papers, Letterbooks.