Recipient: Adams, Abigail
[dateline] Amsterdam 23d. June 1782
Since my last an important Revolution has taken place here respecting our Country.
A formal Acknowledgment of our Sovereignty and Independence in the Admission and Reception
of your dearest Friend is what I allude to. But You will have heard of the Event long
before this reaches You, with many of its Circumstances. At present I am too feeble
to enter into a detail of Matters, being upon my Recovery from the vile Fever and
Ague. Ask your dear Charles if he remembers the tertian Fever at Leyden? I had the
same at the Hague, (where We now live), with a Touch of the Rheumatism. However it
went off with the Fever. I was never so sick and weak, and could any thing have been
necessary to add to my disgust to this Country, this last Bout would have effectually
done it. I hope to quit it in six or eight Weeks and take my Passage for Boston or
Philadelphia. I pray You, Madam, not to mention this, as it may be longer before I
embark, and my Friends might be uneasy if I did not arrive according to their Calculations.
I have not hinted any thing of it to my Father in my Letter to him. I hope in a few
days to be completely established in my Health. My Friends will excuse my not writing
to them—indeed I have not strength enough as yet. Remember me particularly to your
Family and to all Friends.
[salute] I have the Honor to be, with an invariable Respect, Madam, your most obed. Servt.,
[signed] J Thaxter Junr.