Plymouth Feb. 3d 1789
Uncertain whither Mrs. Adams has yet returned from her excursion to N-York I enclose to you: though I do not mean this introduction as an apology for addressing a Gentleman who has received so many marks of unlimited Confidence. I hope never to feel as if anything of the kind was necessary nor do I think I shall unless your continued silence should lay some [. . .] on my [. . .] peril.
I think one correspondence has had a very long nap, and as I am ever awake to what essentially contributes to social improvement & enjoyment I shall not suffer it to stop longer at least if any execution of mine can shake of the slumber—
I believe you sir have had a delightful rest from the painful occupations of public life: but as I supposed it must be, the still quiet scene is now nearly at an end. And when you are again immersed in the profound arena of Government & politics, it may relax from the laborious exercise sometimes to snatch a few moments, for the Entertainment of Friends, who though in private life can never cease to wish for the welfare & peace of United America: and the happiness of those characters, who endeavor to support the public weal with integrity & zeal.
I dare say my late Illness sufficiently apologizes for not returning the fourth Volum of Gibben at the limited term, & that when they are at season I shall be favored with the loan of the subsequent part of the History. I shall return two or three smaller Volumes in my hand by the first safe opportunity.
I congratulate you sir on the unanimous vote of the Electors, of this and some other states, in your favor. This last confirms my own opinion that you would, and that you ought to be called to the distinguishing rank in Government.
I have only one objection, the removal of valuable friends, to such a distance is a circumstance I do not reflect upon with any degree of pleasure. But this is too selfish a point to be named, but where we are sure of forgiveness.
I shall leave Mr. Warren to make his own compliments & congratulations which he will do in person in a short time as he makes a journey to Boston soon, mean time he being in all expression, of respect & friendship with your most Obedient
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