22nd. October. 1798.
My dear Brother.
I know not how it happened, but so it was that your favor of the 11th: instt: did not come to hand untill the day before yesterday—And yesterday came those of 17th: and 19th: both together—I am sorry that you cannot get sooner off, and very glad that you are likely to get so good an opportunity for conveyance.
I shall send you some more letters before you go; at present I have none prepared—You will take care and carry out with you the Turkish Declaration of War—Whoever the composer was (for they say it has nothing of the Turk<
ish> in style) it is very well written, and contains several precious facts to shew the rascaly grec’s employer’s style of negotiation, which wherever it is discovered shews the same cloven foot.
I was going to say there is nothing new here—But I must except a story that the french fleet of transport vessels, was destroyed on the 1st. September at Alexandria. It is very confidently reported, and is probably not true.
We are going on in our usual routine—The town begins to fill up. Mrs Brown and her family returned two days ago—They are all well—You do not mention whether you received mine enclosing one from William Brown—Nor tell me what I am to do with any letters for you that may arrive after your departure—Nothing from America since you left us.
MHi: Adams Family Papers, Letterbooks.