Braintree Novr 25th 1789
I beg leave to inform you that Princes Chronology is now in the office, unless the Same fairy who bro’t it has carried it away again as Since you left us I have repeatedly Search’d for it to no purpose & had given it over, but chancing to go in yesterday this Book Struck me as one I had not Seen & was quite Sure was not on the Shelf the day before, taking it up I found it to be the very one you seem’d so anxious to recover—If this intelligence will give pleasure enough to attone for my boldness in writing to the Vice President I Shall be happy.
I have not yet executed any part of the commission with which you were pleased to honour me but am determin’d health permitting to do my best in cleaning & setting the Books in order This I cant do but in a warm Spell of weather as our finances are too low to afford a fire in that room—My intention was to take a Catalogue & transmit to you, but Cos: W Cranch says he is commisioned to do this part, which is much better on many Accounts for I should have been Sadly put to it to write Greek & Hebrew, as well as puzzled in Spelling the other languages—
Mamma & Sister join with me in wishing Dr Adams an agreable journey & happy Meeting with his family. Also in respectful compliments to his Lady & love to Mrs & Miss Smith I am Sir your humle Servant
MHi: Adams Papers.