Charlestown Sep. 8th. 1798
I am desired by President Dwight to forward you his excellent & seasonable discourses, whh are enclosed. I beg your acceptance of my Masonic Discourse written & preached since the offensive Fast Sermon was published, & whh affords further evidence that it was not my intention to attack Free Masonry.—When this sermon was written I did not know that persecution was among the Masonic virtues. I have yet to learn the real cause of their (the Free Masons) general & virulent attack upon me. <
As it respects them,> I am shielded against their arrows, by a conscience void of offence as far as respects them.
I am truly rejoyced to hear of the Convalescent State of Mrs Adams, & hope her health will very soon be perfectly restored.
With my best respects to Mrs Adams I subscribe, with the highest & most / Sincere esteem, your most / Obedt Servt
MHi: Adams Papers.