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Adams, Samuel (1722-1803) to James Warren

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01215 Author/Creator: Adams, Samuel (1722-1803) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 16 July 1772 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Written by Adams, a future signer of the Declaration of Independence, as member of the Massachusetts legislature to Warren, also a member of the Massachusetts legislature. Says the session is over and the resolves, including one asking the King to rescind Governor Hutchinson's salary, have passed. Says he will send him a copy of the resolves if he promises not to publish them. Expresses his friendship with Warren, who he says was with him when the Tories cursed him at a commencement speech at Cambridge and at another occasion when "Confusion to me & my Adherents was given as a toast." Attacks Governor Hutchinson's attempt to draw a salary independent of the legislature from Crown revenues. Mentions that James Austin is a promising new Whig in the legislature. Praises his speech to the assembly. Expresses his compliments to Warren's wife, Mercy Otis Warren, the famous writer. Says his wife "has the Sauciness to overlook me while writing, a trick I cannot break her of," and that she sends her regards. Previously repaired at crease.

People: Adams, Samuel, 1722-1803.
Warren, James, 1726-1808.
Warren, Mercy Otis, 1728-1814.
Hutchinson, Thomas, 1711-1780.

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: Revolutionary War, Government and Civics, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Loyalist, Education Finance, Whigs, Politics, Women's History

Sub Era: Road to Revolution