[dateline] Hague May 12th. 1783
[salute] Honoured Sir
The fair ended last Saturday, and yesterday1
I began to translate Suetone's life of Caligula;2
Mr. Dumas who is so good as to direct my studies, says you chose I should translate Suetone. I shall begin upon the Greek Testament3
The 4th. of this Month a vessel from Philadelphia arrived in the Texel, and last saturday Mr. Dumas receiv'd two large packets one of which he forwards this day. T'is said here that the preliminary articles between Great-Britain and this Republick are about to be signed, and that the Definitive Treaty will soon be finished; if so I hope you will soon be here.4
[salute] I am, Sir your dutiful Son.
[signed] J. Q. Adams
Please to present my respects to Messrs. Storer and Thaxter.