[dateline] Paris April 27. 1783
[salute] My dear Son
Last Night I received your Favour from the Hague of the 22 and I congratulate you,
on your Safe Arrival. You have had a long Journey, from Petersbourg, and I hope it
has not been a disagreable, nor an unprofitable one. You Should write to Mr. Dana
and to me, an Account [of th]
e Monies you have taken up and expended upon the Road. Keep the Letter from Mr. Dana
till We meet. Mr. Hartley is arrived here, as Min. Plen. from his Britannic Majesty
to finish the Peace, and I hope it will not be many Weeks before I Shall See you at
the Hague. Yet it may be longer than I wish. In all Events you cannot be better than
where you are. Mr. Dumas will have the Goodness to direct your Studies. Let me recommend
an immediate Attention to the Greek Testament.
It is my hope and Expectation to return to America as Soon as the definitive Treaty
is Signed and I can go to the Hague to exchange Ratifications2
and take Leave. If We could embark by the Middle of May or beginning of June We should
have a Prospect of a pleasant Voyage, after that you know there is danger of Summer
Calms. You and I dont yet know what it is to cross the Atlantick without fear of Ennemies.
Poor Stevens I fear is lost.3
Mr. Thaxter and Mr. Storer Send their Compliments to you upon your Arrival.
I have one Tax to lay upon you, and that is to write me a Short Letter every Post.
You Should Se[e as many]
of the Curiosities at the Hague as you can, and go to Forebourg Loosduinen and Riswick
[salute] I am your affectionate Father.
[signed] John Adams
Have you [lear]
n'd the German? forgot the Dutch?5