Berlin 2 October 1798
I received your favour of 24 July by yours for Thomas who [. . .] a few days ago. I am fully persuaded that he will use his best [. . .] in the discharge [. . .] may find it useful and agreeable to himself. I shall with great pleasure give him any assistance in my power with regard to the study of the Law; but the [. . .] for the present. I have not the necessary books with me nor is it possible to procure them here in the English Language. I shall however advise your son to the best of my power for the employment of his time, [. . .] and I persuade myself that he can improve it in a manner that will turn to his future Advantage as much as if it were applied immediately to the study of the common Law.
My brother left me two days after your sons arrival and intends embarking at Hamburg as soon as possible for America. I have given him a power of Attorney to transact all my business within the United States and will be obliged to you to deliver into his hands the securities, and balance of cash, which you have belonging to me. I feel highly obliged to you for the care you have had the goodness to take hitherto, of my concerns in Boston, and am entirely satisfied with your conduct of them. But as I presume they are troublesome to you and as I wish to have all my affairs in America in one hand, I concluded to put them into that of my brother Thomas. He will deliver or forward to you this Letter.
Mrs. Adams is much obliged to Mrs. Welsh, and your daughters for their kind remembrance, and requests me to offer them hers in return. With my own best regards to them, and your sons, I remain, Dear Sir, ever your friend, and very hble: Servt.
John Q. Adams
MHi: Adams Family Papers, Letterbooks.