17 February 1797
Great and good Friends,
Deeming it expedient that John Quincy Adams, Minister Resident from the United States of America to the Batavian Republic, should enter on another mission, he is instructed to take leave of you; and in doing it to express to you the continuance of our friendship and our sincere desire to render perpetual the harmony and good understanding which has ever subsisted between the two Republics. We are persuaded that he will do this in a manner corresponding with these sentiments and to the respect we bear you. And we pray God to have you, Great and good Friends, in his holy keeping. Written at the City of Philadelphia, the 17th day of February 1797.
DNA: RG 59--Letters of Credence.