Recipient: Adams, Thomas Boylston
[dateline] Phila. May 5. 1796
[salute] My Dear Thomas
I am extreamly sorry to hear that you have been ill of your old Complaint: but was
somewhat consoled at the same time by hearing you were better. Exercise of Walking
or riding will be your Life in Holland.
Our Affairs are assuming a face of good Humour which is very pleasant after so long
a storm. We shall have Peace and good Govt for some Years I hope—
I long to learn your Intentions about coming home or staying in Europe.
In a certain Event I might want you more than ever. I am yours / Affectionatly