Adams Family Correspondence, volume 3

John Lowell to Abigail Adams, 15 December 1779 Lowell, John AA John Lowell to Abigail Adams, 15 December 1779 Lowell, John Adams, Abigail
John Lowell to Abigail Adams
Dear Madam Boston Decr. 15th. 1779

I received by the Return of the last Post from Philadelphia a Letter from my Friend Mr. Adams1 which he had very kindly directed to me there, and had taken my Pen to acknowledge2 the Receipt of it to you when I was favoured with your's. I have every Motive to wish to be serviceable to Mr. Adams and his Connections, to Mrs. Adams in a peculiar Manner, and I hope you will without the least Hesitation give me every Opportunity of so doing as the Pleasure and Obligation will be entirely mine.—I have made Enquiry as to the Rate of Exchange of hard Money into Paper, and find it is fluctuating from thirty to thirty five for one. Let me add that if you find Occassion for Paper Money and a Chap3 does not readily offer for the Exchange or wishes to take Advantage of your Occassions, it will seldom happen but that I can furnish you without the least Inconvenience to myself and shall esteem it a favour if you will make Use of me in that Way so that you may have Time to take every Advantage which I am sure you ought 251of your hard Money.—Mrs. Lowell joins me in respectfull Compliments to you. If her tender State of Health did not prevent I should take the Liberty of introducing her to your Acquaintance at Braintree. We should both be happy in having an Opportunity of doing it at Boston.

I am with Esteem your most humble Servt., J Lowell

RC (Adams Papers); addressed: “To Mrs. Abigail Adams Braintree.”


Dated 4 Nov. 1779 (CSmH; LbC, Adams Papers).


Here and below, MS is torn.


Chap, abbreviated from chapman, “A buyer, purchaser, customer” ( OED ).

John Thaxter to Abigail Adams, 15 December 1779 Thaxter, John AA John Thaxter to Abigail Adams, 15 December 1779 Thaxter, John Adams, Abigail
John Thaxter to Abigail Adams
Madam Coronna, in Spain 15th. Decr. 1779

The Reason of our being in Spain, you will, perhaps, be no stranger to, when this reaches You. I am not sorry We arrived at Ferrol, as a prosecution of our Voyage might have been attended with hazard. A leaky Ship in a Storm or violent Gale, is not a Situation for very comfortable Sensations. We had Leaks, Storms and Winds in the passage. The former were more formidable than the latter, and induced the Captain to determine to make Ferrol, if possible: where We happily arrived the eighth of this Month. From Ferrol We journeyed to this place to day upon Mules. It is about one and twenty Miles. We made a Quixotik Appearance. It would have been excellent Diversion for our Friends to have seen Us: For We had Don Quixots, Sancha Pancas and Squires in Abundance.

The Country is very mountainous; but every Inch of it cultivated. There was a most agreeable Verdure in every Stage of our Journey, beautifully diversified prospects, Richness of Soil and Luxuriance to be seen every where. The Eye was not satisfied with seeing.

Believe Me, when I assure You, that it gave me the highest pleasure, to see Mr. Adams 1 treated with every Mark of Attention and Respect at Ferrol by all Ranks and the two Children also on his and their own Account; and did they know the good Sense, Merits and Accomplishments of their Mamma, they would experience additional Tokens of both.

This Letter will be sent by a Vessel bound to Newbury Port—whether She will arrive or not is very uncertain.2 I will not therefore be more particular, but close with praying You to present My Duty, Respects, Love and Compliments where due.

252 I have the Honor to be with great Respect and Esteem, your most humble Servant, J.T.

RC (Adams Papers).


Blank in MS.


La Coruña, 16 Dec. 1779. After dinner Mr. Trash and his Mate, of a Schooner belonging to the Traceys of Newbury Port, who have been obliged by bad Weather and contrary Winds to put in here from Bilboa, came to visit me. I gave them Letters to Congress and to my family” (JA, Diary and Autobiography , 2:410).

Trash (or, as the name was later spelled, Trask) arrived at New-buryport on 23 Feb., bringing news of the Adams party's safe arrival in Spain (Boston Continental Journal, 2 March 1780, p. 3, col. 2).