Writings of John Quincy Adams - Vol. 5

Writings of John Quincy Adams - Vol. 5

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Writings of John Quincy Adams - Vol. 5

Writings of John Quincy Adams - Vol. 5

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St. Petersburg, 2 January, 1814.

My dear SIR:

The last letters I have had the pleasure of receiving from you are those of l and 2 July, and excepting them and others of the same period from my mother and brother I have nothing from America dated later than June. the communications are nearly annihilated, and but for the return of the gentlemen who came out here on the extraordinary mission and that of their companions, I should be deprived of all means of transmitting a letter to my friends.

The Neptune, the vessel in which these gentlemen came, and which they ordered in the beginning of November to go and wait for them at Gothenburg, has effected her passage to that port. Mr. Gallatin, who to this day has received information of the decision of the Senate upon his nomination to this mission only through the medium of a newspaper, intends leaving this place in the course of eight or ten days. He has received a letter from one of his relations in Geneva, proposing to meet him in Switzerland, and I believe contemplates commencing his journey in that direction. You will easily judge from your intimate knowledge of the usual course of official transactions of the situation in which he personally and his colleagues have been placed, with the certain information now nearly three months since received of the vote in Senate upon the nomination, and without any authentic communication of the fact. As neither Mr.

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