Berlin 31 August 1798.
Your very acceptable favor of the 14th: currt: was received by me 10 days after its date, at Dresden, where I have passed a few days with much satisfaction, in examining the various objects of curiosity to be found in that City and in admiring the richness, fertility & beauty of the neighboring Country. I had formed high expectations of the place before I saw it, and I can safely say that the reality was not inferior to my anticipations. Mr: Childs, whom I accompanied, will probably pass the winter there, as he has seriously begun the study of German & French, besides having several other little inducements which conribute to render his time pleasant, perhaps, in point of instruction, profitable too.
The news you give us from home bears a good aspect in general. The reappearance of the patriarch of Mount Vernon upon the military theatre will animate, encourage & renovate, what <
yet> of spirit or enthusiasm, that may yet be dormant among us. Where is an example in modern days, of such patriotic devotion, as this trait exhibits? Europe ought to blush at the sight, and confess with shame & confusion, that her degenerate sons will not bear comparison with the models of the new world. It was reserved for the youngest daughter of earth to bring forth from the nuptial bed, at least one prodigy of nature.
There is no news here. We hear however from England that Mr: G is fairly off at last, believing or pretending to believe to the last hour that the dispositions in France are perfectly pacific towards us; Why not? But will he find as he hopes, his own Countrymen, equally so, towards France. God grant he may, exactly in proportion as I believe in the pacific temper of the f. Government & not the weight of an atom more. We shall then be better enemies than ever.
I have not renounced the project of going out this fall, though my brother wishes to take the Spring as a preferable season for embarking; I am not positive whether I shall continue through the winter, but at all events, inform me of the best occasions for embarking.
With much esteem I am Dear Sir, / your faithful Serv’t,
T. B. Adams
OCHP: Pitcairn Papers.