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Adams, Samuel (1722-1803) [Draft of letter soliciting aid for patriots in South Carolina and Georgia]

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00568 Author/Creator: Adams, Samuel (1722-1803) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: August 1781 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Written by Adams as President of the Massachusetts Senate. References a letter received 31 July 1781 enclosing a Congressional resolution of support for South Carolina and Georgia. Says humanity should induce them to reply, but when you consider their patience and fortitude as patriots to their country's cause, they especially deserve recognition. Says that even though there are so many applications for funds to this body, that this one has weight because of the affliction the people of the south suffer and because of their early support of the Revolution in Boston. Signed note at bottom asks another official if this draft is acceptable. If it is asks that a better copy be made because "my trembling hand will not admit of my making a fair Copy." Docket on verso says this draft was "submitted to my father by S. Adams."

People: Adams, Samuel, 1722-1803.

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: Government and Civics, Charity and Philanthropy, Finance, Economics, Revolutionary War

Sub Era: The War for Independence