[dateline] Quincy May 19. 1796
[salute] My Dear Thomas
It is a long time Since I have recd any Letter from you, and the Report that you have had a Return of your Rheumatism
has allarmed me— We heard that you were better but should be glad to know the Particulars.
I am once more happy at home, and my Farm, by the help of a fine rainy season shines
very bright.— I Should be glad to be informed, of your Plans and Views— Whether You
mean to return or to stay in Europe.— I cannot Advise you because you know better
than I the Prospects you have.—
America is the rising Country of the World and <Talents> Genius and Eloquence are breaking out with a Splendor that will soon rival the ancient
& modern Europe— It is my opinion the best Theatre on the Globe for the formation
of a Man is in this Country, at present.— But you may have means and Schemes that
I am unacquainted with.
I know the Delicacy of your Situation, but I am anxious to know the operation of the
new systems of Government in France as well as Holland.
Boston has gone through a Revolution as great as Either— They were mad last July—
They are now sober— They have petitioned by a vast Majority for the Execution of the
Treaty with great Britain and they have left out their Jacobinical Representatives
and chosen Fœderal Men!
I am with a tender Affection / Your Father