[dateline] Leyden May the 17th 1781
[salute] Honoured Sir
I reciev'd this morning your letter of the 14th. in which you speak of Poetry, and although I have not read much of it, yet I always admired it, very much.
I take the Delft Dutch paper to learn to read the language. To day there is a report which I read in it that Admiral Kingsbergen had taken fourteen of the German Transports, but this is only a report.1
Inclosed is a letter which I reciev'd this morning, I should have sent it by Mr. Thaxter (who is arrived here with Mr. Guild) but he says that it would be better to send it, this night.2
I will write to brother Charles by Mr. Thaxter.
[salute] I am your dutiful Son,
[signed] John Quincy Adams