66. John Adams to John Jay
Grosvenor Square, London, 30 November 1787 (excerpt)1

… The United States of America, therefore, had never more Reason to be upon their Guard: to compleat their Constitution of Government: to unite as one Man to meet with Courage and Constancy, the severe Tryal which in all probability they will be called to undergo in a very few years. …

1. RC, RG 360, Papers of the Continental Congress, Item 84, Letters from John Adams, 1777–1788, Vol. VI, 575–78, DNA. Printed: The Diplomatic Correspondence of the United States … (3 vols., Washington, D.C., 1837), II, 817–20.