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Sophronia (pseudonym, fl. 1769-1770) to Catharine Macaulay

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01797.03 Author/Creator: Sophronia (pseudonym, fl. 1769-1770) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 24 March 1770 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 31 x 19 cm. Order a Copy

Praises men sympathetic to patriotic cause. Informs Macaulay that John Adams authored "Dissertations on the Canon & Feudal Laws" and encourages her to start correspondence with him.

Hannover Street Boston March 24.

I take the advantage of this Express to transmit the Enclosed Papers; Not doubting of your Generous Simpathy with Us, and Just Indignation at the Horrid Treatment this Injured, Oppressed, yet truly Loyall, Heroic, & Prudent People have met with from the Servants of the Crown!
It gives me Pain to mention the Malloncholly Fact that my Worthy Friend Mr Otis Labours under such Infirmities as deprives us in a great measure of His Assistance in this Exigence of our Public Affairs! If Madam You will excuse a Liberty prompted by zeal for the Common Cause, I wou'd just hint that the Author of the "Dissertations on the Cannon & Feudal Laws,, is Worthy your Correspondence If you chose to maintain one in Boston. An Amiable Lady (who honors me with her Friendship) well known to Mr Hollis of London Testifies my aprehension that you cannot fail of Pleasure from his Masterly Pen. - I conclude you have heard the real author is John Adams Esq; Barrister at Law in Boston; a Gentleman of Clear Sense, Precision of Sentiment and Expression, and thoroughly awake to the Cause of Liberty. With the warmest wishes for the continuance of your valluable Life & opportunities for Public Service
I am with the most respect,
Your very Obedient
humble Sert
Sophronia. -

Sophronia - 209
1770 24 March

Macaulay, Catharine, 1731-1791
Sophronia, fl. 1769-1770
Adams, John, 1735-1826

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