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Adams, John (1735-1826) to Catharine Macaulay

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01788 Author/Creator: Adams, John (1735-1826) Place Written: Braintree, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 28 December 1774 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Adams describes the effects of the Boston Port Bill upon the government and people of the colony. He warns that the arrest of Parliament's opponents "will produce Resistance, and Reprisals, and a Flame through America, Such as Eye hath not yet Seen, nor Ear heard nor hath it entered into the Heart of the Minister or his Minions to conceive." He prophesies resistance and reprisals.

People: Adams, John, 1735-1826.
Macaulay, Catharine, 1731-1791.

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: President Women's History, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Literature and Language Arts, Revolutionary War, Boston Port Bill, Prisoner Military History, Freedom and Independence, Civil Rights, Intolerable Acts

Sub Era: Road to Revolution