Quincy May 1st 1799
I received your favor of the 23d & have read all the papers inclosed with attention & much satisfaction. With the No 3. observations &c I was particularly pleased.
I can see no rational objection to any of the seven articles ultimately signed by all the heads of department unless it be the 6th.
When I first read this I was apprehensive that some embarassment <
would> might soon arise in consequence of it. We have given our word that the commerce should be opened by proclamation as soon as privateering should be suppressed in the island & the fullfillment of our promise may be claimed. But on further consideration I hope & presume that Gen Maitland will settle this point without any difficulty to us. I am very glad that you did not < obtain> detain Gen Maitland till you could hear from me. Upon the whole I think the negotiation has been conducted with caution & prudence & the result has my fullest approbation
I am Sir your most obedient & huml sert
MHi: Adams Family Papers, Letterbooks.