Feby 23. 1797.
The Secretary of State has the honor to lay before the President of the United States three letters this day received from Mr J.Q. Adams. The note in French inclosed in his No. 88. is directed to the Committee for foreign affairs, to inform them that he was authorized to confer & prepare arrangements for ameliorations of the commercial treaty between the two republics, and desired to be informed what ameliorations they contemplated. This direction to Mr Adams being the consequence of overtures made to the Government of the U.S. by Mr Van Polanen.
The Secretary also lays before the President the letter recd from Colo. Humphreys the 21st inst.
DNA: RG 59—ML—Miscellaneous Letters.