Adams Papers

From John Adams to Elbridge Gerry, 7 July 1797

Philadelphia July 7th. 1797—

Dear Sir

I know not when I have received So much pleasure from a Letter as from yours this Moment brought in, <to> to me of the 3d.

The Circumstances of your family are Such as to Excite the tenderest feelings & anxieties and Mrs: Gerrys Resolution does her great honor. She never will repent of it, I fully beleive.

Mr: Marshall is here and will Sail next week for Amsterdam, It will be adviseable for you to take the first good passage to Amsterdam or Hamburgh, and join Mr: Pinckney and Mr: Marshall at Amsterdam or Paris as the Case may be, I should have been Extremely happy, to have seen you here, but I cannot advise you to come—

your Sentiments are perfectly agreeable to mine, if I were in your Case I would agree to any thing, that the other two United in—Saving always honor and Virtue and essentials—but these Will be in no danger, for Pinckney & Marshall are able and honorable and Virtuous men, I Mean after having Reasoned with them with delicacy & decorum

I will write again

John Adams

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