Adams Family Correspondence, volume 5

John Quincy Adams to Abigail Adams

John Adams to Abigail Adams

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With John Thaxter's departure for America on 14 Sept., JQA fully assumed the role of JA's secretary. He had begun making copies for his father, however, from the moment of JA's arrival at The Hague; over a dozen JA letters are in JQA's hand from 23 July to 13 Sept., the day before Thaxter's departure. This was a new role for JQA, although he had made copies of two JA letters in 1778: to AA 18 Dec., vol. 3:138; and to Mercy Warren, 18 Dec., JA, Papers , 7:281–284. See also JA to Richard Cranch, 10 Sept., descriptive note, below.