Adams Family Correspondence, volume 11

John Adams to Thomas Boylston Adams, 19 May 1796 Adams, John Adams, Thomas Boylston
John Adams to Thomas Boylston Adams
My Dear Thomas Quincy May 19. 1796

It is a long time Since I have recd any Letter from you, and the Report that you have had a Return of your Rheumatism has allarmed me— We heard that you were better but should be glad to know the Particulars.

I am once more happy at home, and my Farm, by the help of a fine rainy season shines very bright.— I Should be glad to be informed, of your Plans and Views— Whether You mean to return or to stay in Europe.— I cannot Advise you because you know better than I the Prospects you have.—

America is the rising Country of the World and Talents Genius and Eloquence are breaking out with a Splendor that will soon rival the ancient & modern Europe— It is my opinion the best Theatre on the Globe for the formation of a Man is in this Country, at present.— But you may have means and Schemes that I am unacquainted with.

I know the Delicacy of your Situation, but I am anxious to know the operation of the new systems of Government in France as well as Holland.

Boston has gone through a Revolution as great as Either— They were mad last July— They are now sober— They have petitioned by a vast Majority for the Execution of the Treaty with great Britain and they have left out their Jacobinical Representatives and chosen Fœderal Men!

I am with a tender Affection / Your Father

John Adams

RC (MHi:Misc. Bound Coll.); internal address: “T. B. Adams / Chargé D’affairs at / The Hague.”