Adams Family Correspondence, volume 4

Abigail Adams to John Quincy Adams

John Thaxter to Abigail Adams

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“Mr. Dexter the Bearer” was Aaron Dexter (1750–1829), Harvard 1776, hon. M.D. 1786; professor of chemistry and materia medica at the Harvard Medical School, 1783–1816 ( Harvard Quinquennial Cat. ; Kelly, Amer. Medical Biog. ). The enclosed letter from Dexter's “partner” has not been found, but Richard Cranch in his letter to JA, 28 May, below, not only specifies Dexter's errand abroad but identifies his partner as Dr. Thomas Welsh of Boston, a family connection, on whom see a note at vol. 3:78–79, above, and Adams Genealogy.