Adams Family Correspondence, volume 4

Hugh Hughes to Abigail Adams, 21 May 1781 Hughes, Hugh AA Hugh Hughes to Abigail Adams, 21 May 1781 Hughes, Hugh Adams, Abigail
Hugh Hughes to Abigail Adams
Madam Fishkill May 21st. 1781

I do myself the Honour, at the Request of the Honble. James Lovel Esq; Member of Congress, to address two Packages, that were left here by Doctr. Winship, to you. They came to Hand without a Case, which I have order'd made for their Security. They are in Charge of a Mr. Brown, who conducts a Wagon from Philadelphia to Boston, for some Members of Congress and others.

When I began this, Brown was not got here from the Landing. He is now arriv'd and I inclose his Receipt for the Box and its Contents, which I wish safe to Hand.

Lest it should be imagin'd that the Packages had been neglected, I must beg Leave to acquaint you Madam that they were left in Store without my Privity, unless as a Part of Doctr. Winship's Baggage which I never saw, but told him that he was welcome to store it, till he could send for it, which Situation they remaind in till I received Mr. Lovell's Requisition to make Inquiry for them, in doing which they were discover'd by the Storekeeper, as above, that is, with the Doctr's. Chest and Trunk &c. They appear'd to be entire, and in tolerable Order, and I hope they have sustain'd no Injury. I beg Pardon for being this tedious, which I should not have been, had I not conceiv'd it an indispensable Duty.

As I perceive by Mr. Lovell's Letter that his Lady has some Interest in the Packages, I beg you will please to communicate the Contents of this to her.

I have the Honour to be, with the greatest Respect, Madam, your most Obedient and very Humble Sert., Hugh Hughes1 120

RC (Adams Papers); at foot of text: “The Honble Mrs. John Adams.” Enclosed “Receipt” not found.


Hugh Hughes, mentioned passingly in earlier letters, was a New York officer in the Quartermaster General's department who was stationed on the east side of the Hudson at Fishkill (now Beacon), N.Y. (Heitman, Register Continental Army ). Lovell had explained the arrangements with Hughes in his letter to AA of 14 May, above.

James Lovell to Abigail Adams, 21 May 1781 Lovell, James AA James Lovell to Abigail Adams, 21 May 1781 Lovell, James Adams, Abigail
James Lovell to Abigail Adams
May 21. 1781

I hope you are not still without later Dates from Mr. A's Hand than what we have—Oct. 24.1 I conclude he was well about the last of Febry., because Mr. Carmichael under Date of March 11th sends us Mr. A's Plan of a Loan to be opened at the House of Nieufville & Son March 1st.2 We have no Vessels from Holland. Accept of my Conjecture as a Proof of my uniform Wish to contribute to your Ease of Mind and general Happiness.

I have sent an open 3plicate to Mr. A. for Mr. Moylan respecting your Invoice.3

Free from Pain, I shall however limp for many a day.

RC (Adams Papers); addressed: “Mrs. A. Adams Braintree near Boston”; franked: “Philada. Jas. Lovell.” Lower portion of MS torn off, destroying part of address on cover.


JA to Pres. Huntington, 24 Oct. 1780, is in PCC, No. 84, II (printed in Wharton, Dipl. Corr. Amer. Rev. , 4: 103–104); LbC is in Adams Papers (printed in JA, Corr. in the Boston Patriot , p. 259–260).


Carmichael's letter of 11 March was addressed to the Committee of Foreign Affairs and is printed in Wharton, Dipl. Corr. Amer. Rev. , 4:279–280. The plan of a loan through the house of Neufville was premature and came to nothing; see JA, Corr. in the Boston Patriot , p. 377–378, 398–400.


No such communication has been found. Concerning Moylan and his invoice, see above, Lovell to AA, 27 Feb., and note 1 there.

Benjamin Waterhouse to John Adams, 21 May 1781 Waterhouse, Benjamin JA Benjamin Waterhouse to John Adams, 21 May 1781 Waterhouse, Benjamin Adams, John
Benjamin Waterhouse to John Adams
Sir Leyden 21st of May 1781

Almost every body here is preparing for the fair which opens next Thursday, and as this is Leyden-'Lection I was saying to my companion that it was a pity Master Charles was not here that he might see that a Dutchman can be merry when he is resolved upon it. And John seems to wish it so much, that I thought I would write to you and if you had no objection we should have the little Gentlemans company. We thought he would perhaps find some of his Countrymen 121in Amsterdam who having as much leisure as curiosity would accompany him here. At this time every one turns the best side outwards and the Dutchmen and Women try to look pleasant. The vast number of tents—merchandize—the different nations, together with a multitude of things to be seen as sights— would perhaps both please and instruct my little friend. This idea together with that of the pleasure of his company for a day or two induces me to request you would let him come.1

It is with no small pleasure I inform you that John adheres to his studies with a constancy rarely seen at that age, and what is happy for him the adding to his knowledge does not diminish his flesh. We have no news. With my best compliments to Mr. Dana and Mr. Thaxter, I remain with great respect your humble servt.,

Benj. Waterhouse

RC (Adams Papers).


It does not appear that CA came to Leyden for the fair. See below, JA to JQA, 30 May, and note there.