Adams Family Correspondence, volume 1

John Adams to Richard Cranch, 18 September 1774 JA Cranch, Richard John Adams to Richard Cranch, 18 September 1774 Adams, John Cranch, Richard
John Adams to Richard Cranch
My dear Brother Phyladelphia Septr. 18. 1774

I thank you most kindly for your obliging Letter.1 And beg the Continuance of your Correspondence. Every Line from Boston is a Cordial, and of great Use to us in our Business.

It is a grief to my Heart that I cannot write to my Friends so often and particularly as I wish.

But Politicks I cant write, in Honour. I send the Votes of Yesterday, 160which are ordered to be printed, and this is the only Thing which we are yet at Liberty to mention even to the People out of Doors here.—The Congress will support Boston and the Massachusetts or Perish with them. But they earnestly wish that Blood may be spared if possible, and all Ruptures with the Troops avoided. Break open my Letters to my Wife, and then send them as soon as possible.

Adieu. John Adams

In the margin: My Love to sister, the Children and every Body.

RC (MHi: Josiah Quincy Jr. Papers); addressed: “To Mr. Richard Cranch Boston favoured by Mr. Revere”; endorsed: “John Adams Phila. Sept. 18. 1774.” Enclosures not found, but see note 1 on 1st letter of JA to AA of this day, above.


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John Adams to Abigail Adams 2d, 19 September 1774 JA AA2 John Adams to Abigail Adams 2d, 19 September 1774 Adams, John Adams, Abigail (daughter of JA and AA)
John Adams to Abigail Adams 2d
My dear Child Philadelphia Sept. 19. 1774

I have received your pretty Letter,1 and it has given me a great deal of Pleasure, both as it is a Token of your Duty and Affection to me and as it is a Proof of your Improvement in your hand Writing and in the faculties of the Mind.—I am very sorry to hear of your Grand Mamma's Indisposition: but I hope soon to hear of her Recovery. Present my Love to your Mamma, and to your Brothers, Johnny, Charly and Tommy. Tell them they must be good Children and mind their Books, and listen to the Advice of their excellent Mamma, whose Instructions will do them good as long as they live, and after they shall be no more in this World.

Tell them, they must all strive to qualify themselves to be good and usefull Men—that so they may be Blessings to their Parents, and to Mankind, as well as qualified to be Blessings to those who shall come after them.

Remember me to Mr. Brackett, and Copeland, and to Patty Field, Molly Marsh, Jonathan Bass and Patty Curtis.—I am my dear little Nabby, with continual Prayers for your Happiness and Prosperity, your affectionate Father,

John Adams

RC (Abigail Adams Smith House, Colonial Dames of America, New York City); addressed: “To Miss Nabby Adams Braintree To be left at Mr. Cranch's in Hanover street”; endorsed: “pappa Sep. 19, 1774.”


Not found; it had been enclosed in AA's letter to JA, 2 Sept., above.