May 7th 1798 Philadelphia
My dear Thomas
The Secretary of State has just informd me of an opportunity to write by way of Amsterdam. I embrace it to send you a few lines only. The vessel is to sail this day, and part of my morning which might have been devoted in writing, will be occupied in prepareing to receive the Youth of this city to the amount of 800 it is said who are comeing in a body, to present their address to the [P]resident, which address you will find in the papers which I send your Brother. A Nnvel and interesting Spectacle it will be. but the pulse beats here exactly as you predicted in your most Excellent Letter of Feby 12th which I received last week, together with one from your Brother of the 3d of Feb’ry at the same time your Father received one from him of Jan’ry I think which is the 3d lately received dated in that Month. I have written him by way of England by the two last packets & I sent some Letters by the same conveyance from mrs Johnson to your sister, the Letters inclosed with your last [. . .] for your Brother and sister I sent to them. You will learn the Spirit of the Times by reading the addresses from all quarters which are daily comeing in and which you will find in the papers inclosed or rather some of them, for the president has a pile, yet unanswered. I do not pretend to send regular files of papers, but when I get any thing interesting I lay it by and send papers from different parts of the union. I also send some pamphlets some of which I have forwarded before.
I shall say little upon the State of our publick affairs, except that a union of Sentiment is pervadeing all parts of the union, and common danger will again cement us. If we do not at present all we ought, we shall do a great deal, and all we ought will follow.
The Spirit of addressing will be succeeded by a military Spirit, and our Youth will prepare to defend the Boon obtaind through much danger, many difficulties and seald with the Blood of their Fathers—they will not traffick away their Birth Right, tho we have some Esaus.
We are all well and I think in better Spirits than usual. The president looks all terrors in the face undaunted; he neithier despairs or desponds—and with St. Paul is detemined to hold fast his integrity as long as he lives.
I wish extreemly to see again my dear Children. A few more years must render your Father and me, as Bache a few days since described him, mockingly Bald, blind, decriped % toothless. At present he walks well, and sees clearly, but Age added, to a weight of publick buisness & cares would soon bow down a Firmer constitution than he possesses. if it please God, I pray that his Life and usefullness may be [. . .] preserved, untill the period arrives for his retirement when I hope he may live some years in tranquility to enjoy that freedom and happiness which his Life has been spent in obtaining & preserving for others.
My Love to your Brother and Sister from my dear Son your ever affectionate / Mother
MHi: Adams Papers.