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1 September 1755 Adams, John to Webb, Nathan The Favour you granted me on aug. 12 was unluckily packeted with a number of Letters and ... 2 September 1755 Adams, John to Cranch, Richard I promised to write you an account of the scituation of my mind. The natural strength of my ... 12 October 1755 — 22 April 1807 Adams, John to Webb, Nathan All that part of Creation that lies within our observation is liable to Change. Even mighty ... 1 January 1755 — 31 December 1756 Adams, John Harvard College(?) and Worcester, mainly compiled in 1755–1756, with some possibly earlier ... 1 January 1756 — 31 January 1756 Adams, John to Bailey, Rev. Jacob I receiv'd your favour of Decr. 29. about 3 or 4 Days after it was wrote. The bearer left it ... 1 April 1756 Adams, John to Cushing, Charles I had the Pleasure, a few Days since, of receiving your favour of February 4th. I am obliged ... 29 August 1756 Adams, John to Cranch, Richard I am set down with a Design of writing to you.—But the narrow Sphere I move in, and the ... 1 September 1756 — 30 September 1756 Adams, John to Wentworth, John I brought a few Ideas with me when I first came to this Town, that grew in the luxurious ... 18 October 1756 Adams, John to Cranch, Richard In my last you remember I desired your sincere Opinion of the new Resolution I had taken, ... 19 October 1756 Adams, John to Cushing, Charles I look upon myself obliged to give you the reasons that induced me to resolve upon the study ... 1 October 1756 — 31 October 1756 Cranch, Richard to Adams, John Tho' I acknowledge that one ought never to be asham'd to speak the truth; yet I find my self ... 12 April 1758 Adams, John to Wentworth, John Te Deum &c., I have resigned my school, I have almost recovered my Health, I have received a ... 1 October 1758 — 31 October 1758 Adams, John to Crawford, William Braintree, October? 1758. Printed: JA, Earliest Diary, p. 91, with identifying note on the ... 1 October 1758 — 31 October 1758 Adams, John to Dalton, Tristram Braintree, October? 1758. Printed: JA, Earliest Diary, p. 65–66. ... 1 October 1758 — 31 October 1758 Adams, John to Wentworth, John I resume with Pleasure my long neglected Pen upon this opportunity by Mr. Belcher to inform ... 1 October 1758 — 31 October 1758 Adams, John to Wentworth, John Braintree, October? 1758. Printed: JA, Earliest Diary, p. 64–65. It is difficult to believe ... 1 October 1758 — 30 November 1758 Adams, John to Crawford, William Braintree, October–November? 1758. Printed: JA, Earliest Diary, p. 99. ... 1 October 1758 — 30 November 1758 Adams, John to Quincy, Samuel Braintree, October–November? 1758. Printed: JA, Earliest Diary, p. 66–67 ... 1 October 1758 — 31 December 1758 Adams, John to UNKNOWN Braintree October–December? 1758. Printed: JA, Earliest Diary, p. 70–72 ... 1 November 1758 — 31 December 1758 Adams, John to Cranch, Richard Braintree October–December? 1758. Printed: JA, Earliest Diary, p. 69–70, from a draft, with ... 5 December 1758 — 12 March 1761 Adams, John Braintree, 5 December 1758?, 12 March 1761. Printed: JA, Diary and Autobiography, 1:61–62, ... 17 May 1759 Adams, John to Quincy, Josiah Braintree, post 17 May 1759. Printed: JA, Diary and Autobiography, 1:113, from a draft of a ... 1 July 1759 — 31 July 1759 Adams, John to Quincy, Samuel Braintree, July? 1759. Printed: JA, Diary and Autobiography, 1:109. ... 29 September 1759 Sewall, Jonathan to Adams, John My Absence from home for this Week past has occasioned my delaying an Answer to your very ... 1 October 1759 — 31 October 1759 Adams, John to Sewall, Jonathan Braintree, October 1759. Printed: JA, Diary and Autobiography, 1:123–124. ... 6 December 1759 Adams, John to Paine, Robert Treat I was too much gratified with the Proposal you made me of writing to you, to neglect it long.... 8 January 1760 — 29 April 1774 Adams, Deacon John In the Name of God Amen. The Eighth day of January in the year of our Lord one Thousand ... 13 January 1760 Crawford, William to Adams, John I am lately come from divine Service, if I may be allowed the Expression, performd by the ... 13 February 1760 Sewall, Jonathan to Adams, John In my last, if I rightly remember, I joined with you in your panegyric on the superior ... 1 February 1760 — 29 February 1760 Adams, John to Sewall, Jonathan I am very willing to join with you, in renouncing the Reasoning of some of our last Letters. ... 29 May 1760 Adams, John Braintree, 29 May 1760. Printed: JA, Diary and Autobiography, 1:128–129. For the context of ... 10 September 1760 Adams, John to Sewall, Jonathan You have perhaps expected from me (according to the Custom of the World) some Expressions of ... 5 November 1760 Adams, John Braintree 5 November 1760. Printed: JA, Diary and Autobiography, 1:167–168. See above, JA to ... 5 December 1760 Adams, John to Parsons, Samuel Holden I presume upon the Merits of a Brother, both in the Academical and legal family, to give you ... 1 January 1761 — 31 January 1761 Adams, John Braintree, January? 1761. Printed: JA, Diary and Autobiography, 1:190–192 Unsigned, but the ... 1 January 1761 — 31 January 1761 Adams, John Braintree, January? 1761. Printed: JA, Diary and Autobiography, 1:193–196. The letter is of ... 1 January 1761 — 31 January 1761 Adams, John to Chardon, Peter Braintree, January? 1761. Printed: JA, Diary and Autobiography, 1:196–197. On Chardon (d. ... 1 March 1761 — 31 March 1761 Adams, John Braintree, March? 1761. Printed: JA, Diary and Autobiography, 1:204–206. Third in the series ... 22 April 1761 Adams, John to Quincy, Samuel Since you claim a Promise I will perform as well as I can. The Letter so long talked of, is ... 1 May 1761 — 31 May 1761 Adams, John Braintree, May 1761. Printed: JA, Diary and Autobiography, 1:212–215. Fourth and last in the ... 9 October 1761 Savil, Elisha A true Inventory of the Estate whereof John Adams late of Braintree Gent. deceased died ... 12 April 1762 Adams, John The Freeholders and other Inhabitants of the Town of Braintree Qualifyed by Law to vote in ... 19 May 1762 Adams, John The Committee appointed to Consider in what manner the Proceeds of the Sale of the South ... 1 February 1763 — 28 February 1763 Adams, John Braintree, February 1763. Printed: JA, Diary and Autobiography, 1:242–243. Incomplete and ...

Document GroupOn Political Faction, Man's Nature, and the Law

4 July 1763 Crawford, William to Adams, John I hope you enjoy mens sana in Corpore Sano: My Body for more than six months past has been ... 23 July 1763 Adams, John to Adams, Zabdiel Your kind Letter I received, and after an Interval occasioned by Commencement, am seated to ... 2 January 1764 Adams, John to Quincy, Samuel Braintree2 January 1764. RC (MHi:Misc. Bound Coll.). John Adams requests “Brother Quincy” to ... 15 February 1764 Sewall, Jonathan to Adams, John You may remember we had some Confab. together about having the Small Pox in Concert. I ... 21 May 1764 Adams, John The Committee appointed to Consider of Some Plan for Repairing the High ways having taken ... 1 April 1765 Adams, John The Committee who was directed to take a Plan and make Division of the North Commons (so ...

Document GroupA Dissertation on the Canon and the Feudal Law

15 August 1765 Adams, John 15 Aug. 1765. Printed: JA, Diary and Autobiography, 1:259–261. Probably designed as a ...

Document GroupInstructions to Braintree's Representative concerning the Stamp Act

30 September 1765 Adams, John to Braintree, town of The Committee appointed by the Town for the Sale of the North Commons offered their Report ... 5 October 1765 Sewall, Jonathan to Adams, John The Bearers John Oliver and Michael Nagail are indicted of the ignominious narrow-Soul'd ... 14 October 1765 Adams, John to Boston Gazette (newspaper) I Han't rit nothing to be printed a great while: but I can't sleep a nights, one wink ... 18 December 1765 Cooper, William to Adams, John Boston, 18 December 1765. Printed: JA, Diary and Autobiography, 1:265–266. See Notes on the ... 19 December 1765 Adams, John Common Law is common Right, 1. Inst. 142.a. Cokes Proem to 2d Inst. ... 20 December 1765 Adams, John to Bernard, Francis Mr. Adams Innumerable are the Calamities which flow from an Interruption of Justice. ... 26 December 1765 Adams, John 26 December 1765. Printed: JA, Diary and Autobiography, 1:277. Fragment of an unpublished ... 1 January 1765 — 31 December 1765 Palmer, Joseph to Adams, John My known fondness for Agriculture and Manufactures, has given many Opportunitys, which I ...

Document GroupClarendon to William Pym

5 February 1766 Sons of Liberty to Adams, John You doubtless and every American must be Sensible, that where there is a Union happily ... 15 February 1766 Crafts, Thomas Jr. to Adams, John Yesterday I wrote you a few Lines by Docr. Tuffts informing you the Sons of Liberty Desired ... 12 May 1766 Adams, John to Boston Gazette (newspaper) Seeing a Piece in the New Hampshire Gazette of last Friday, mentioning the Composition that ...

Document GroupReplies to Philanthrop, Defender of Governor Bernard

In the winter of 1766–67, Jonathan Sewall, writing as Philanthrop, took it upon himself to ... 9 December 1766 Adams, John to Sewall, Jonathan I confess I was in Hopes, that after the Repeal of the ever memorable Stamp Act, The People ... 5 January 1767 Adams, John to Sewall, Jonathan As It is my Design to write a good deal to you, before I have done, So I have gained favour ... 5 January 1767 Adams, John to Sewall, Jonathan Please to insert the following. ... 19 January 1767 Adams, John to Boston Gazette (newspaper) I Did flatter myself, as I had got so much Credit by my Writings upon Hemp, and Stamp-Act, ... 1 January 1767 — 31 January 1767 Adams, John “'Tho I sincerely wish the Reformation of Paskalos and his Abettors and Assistants, yet I ... 1 January 1767 — 31 January 1767 Adams, John During a Course of twenty Years, it has been the constant Amusement of my Life, to examine, ... 26 January 1767 Adams, John to Boston Gazette (newspaper) Please to insert the following. ... 1 January 1767 — 31 January 1767 Adams, John to Bradford, Governor I am Sorry to find Phylanthrop, attempting to vindicate the high flying, Maxims, the ... 2 February 1767 Adams, John to Bradford, Governor Govr. W. to Govr. B. ... 9 February 1767 Adams, John to Boston Gazette (newspaper) You have my promise of another letter, concerning the maxims, arts, and positions of ... 16 February 1767 Adams, John to Boston Gazette (newspaper) If we go back as far as the reign of Elizabeth, we find her, on one occasion, infringing on ...
11 March 1767 Sewall, Jonathan to Adams, John 11 March 1767. Enclosed in a letter from JA to Hezekiah Niles (5 Feb. 1819, LbC, Adams ... 23 May 1768 Adams, John to Boston Gazette (newspaper) Not many Years ago, were transmitted to the Public, thro' the Channel of the Boston-Gazette, ... 6 June 1768 Adams, John to Wilkes, John The friends of Liberty, Wilkes, Peace and good order to the number of Forty five, assembled ... 17 June 1768 Adams, John to Otis, James Jr. After the repeal of the late American Stamp Act, we were happy in the pleasing prospect of a ... 5 October 1768 Adams, John to Wilkes, John Your very obliging favor we receiv'd by Capt. Bruce the 18th ultimo. The members were ... 4 April 1769 Adams, John to George III Boston, 4 April 1769. MS not found. Printed Boston Gazette, 24 July 1769. At the town ... 8 May 1769 Adams, John to Otis, James Jr. You have, once more received, the highest Testimony of the Confidence and Affection of your ... 18 October 1769 Adams, John Boston, 18 October 1769. MS (MB). Printed: Boston Record Commissioners, 16th Report, p. ... 23 October 1769 Adams, John to De Berdt, Dennys In pursuance of the directions of the Town of Boston we have the honor to transmit you a ... 23 October 1769 Adams, John to Franklin, Benjamin Printed: Franklin, Papers, 16:222–224. For the circumstances of the committee's appointment ... 4 November 1769 Adams, John to Wilkes, John Many unforeseen engagements, and unavoidable accidents, furnish us with our only apology for ... 3 January 1770 — 26 July 1774 Adams, John Boston,3 January 1770 – 26 July 1774. MS book containing 138 numbered pages (MHi). Printed: ... 1 January 1770 — 31 January 1770 Adams, John Boston, January? 1770. Printed: JA, Diary and Autobiography, 1:349. Apparently the fragment ...

Document GroupCalendar of John Adams' Service in the Massachusetts House of Representatives

In the first week of June 1770, Adams accepted a seat in the Massachusetts House, a step ... 7 June 1770 Adams, John to Hutchinson, Thomas 7 June 1770. MS (M-Ar), in an unidentified hand. Printed: Mass., House Jour., 1770–1771, p. ... 12 June 1770 Adams, John 12 June 1770. MS not found. Printed: Mass., House Jour., 1770–1771, p. 25–32. Prepared by a ... 15 June 1770 Adams, John to Hutchinson, Thomas 15 June 1770. MS not found. Printed: Mass., House Jour., 1770–1771, p. 38. Prepared by a ... 31 July 1770 Adams, John to Hutchinson, Thomas 31 July 1770. MS, fair copy, in the hand of Samuel Adams (MB). Printed: Mass., House Jour., ... 28 September 1770 Adams, John 28 September 1770. MS not found. Prepared by a committee appointed 27 September, composed of ... 4 October 1770 Adams, John to Hutchinson, Thomas 4 October 1770. MS not found. Printed: Mass., House Jour., 1770–1771, p. 86–87. Prepared by ... 5 October 1770 Adams, John 5 October 1770. MS not found. Prepared by a committee appointed and reporting 5 October, ... 17 October 1770 Adams, John 17 October 1770. MS not found. Draft prepared by a committee appointed 16 October composed ... 23 October 1770 Adams, John to Hutchinson, Thomas 23 October 1770. MS not found. Printed: Mass., House Jour., 1770–1771, p. 111. Prepared by a ... 6 November 1770 Adams, John to Hutchinson, Thomas 6 November 1770. MS not found. Printed: Mass., House Jour., 1770–1771, p. 134–135. Prepared ... 16 November 1770 Adams, John 16 November 1770. MS not found. Printed: Mass., House Jour., 1770–1771, p. 164. Prepared by ... 20 November 1770 Adams, John 20 November 1770. MS, engrossed copy, signed by Hutchinson (M-Ar). Printed: Mass., Province ... 20 November 1770 Adams, John to Hutchinson, Thomas MS not found. Printed: Mass., House Jour., 1770–1771, p. 171–172. Prepared by the committee ... 17 December 1770 Adams, John Boston, 17 December 1770. RC (MeHi). Printed: Franklin, Papers, 17:301–304. Prepared by a ... 10 April 1771 Adams, John 10 April 1771. MS not found. Prepared by a committee appointed and reporting the same day, ... 10 April 1771 Adams, John 10 April 1771. MS (P.R.O.: Colonial Office, 5:760). Prepared by a committee appointed and ...
9 August 1770 Adams, John to Macaulay, Catharine Sawbridge Boston9 August 1770. Printed: JA, Diary and Autobiography, 1:360–361. For Mrs. Macaulay's ... 1 August 1770 — 31 August 1770 Adams, John August? 1770. Printed: JA, Diary and Autobiography, 1:364–365. ... 29 September 1770 Adams, John Boston, 29 September 1770. MS not found. At the Boston Town Meeting of 20 Sept., JA was ... 15 December 1770 Adams, John to Lowell, John Being generally Speaking a son of Liberty, notwithstanding the Cloud of Toryism that has ... 22 April 1771 Adams, John Notifies the Removal of his Office to a Room in Queen-Street, in the House of Mr. John Gill, ... 19 July 1771 Macaulay, Catharine to Adams, John A very laborious attention to the finishing the fifth vol of my history of England with a ... 27 January 1772 Adams, John to Whipple, William Boston, 27 January 1772. Printed: Letters by Washington . . . and Others ... to John ... 9 February 1772 Adams, John 9 February 1772. Printed: JA, Diary and Autobiography, 2:53–54 ... 9 February 1772 Adams, John 9 February 1772. Printed: JA, Diary and Autobiography, 2:54–56. ... 13 February 1772 Whipple, William to Adams, John Portsmouth, 13 February 1772. RC (Adams Papers); addressed: “To John Adams Esqr. at Boston ... 2 March 1772 — 18 May 1772 Adams, John Braintree, 2 March – 18 May 1772.. Printed: JA, Diary and Autobiography, 2:56–61. ... 4 October 1772 Freeman, Nathaniel to Adams, John Sandwich, 4 October 1772. RC (MiU-C); addressed to John Adams in Boston; endorsed. Freeman ... 31 December 1772 Adams, John to Macaulay, Catharine Sawbridge Boston31 December 1772. Printed: JA, Diary and Autobiography, 2:75–76. ...

Document GroupOn the Independence of the Judges

Document GroupThe Constitutional Debate Between Thomas Hutchinson and the House of Representatives

5 February 1773 Adams, John to Braintree, town of To his Excellency Thomas Hutchinson Esqr. the Honorable his Majesty's Council and the honble.... 5 May 1773 Adams, John Boston, ante 5 May 1773. MS (MB). John Adams was among the 52 signers who sought to have ... 26 May 1773 Hutchinson, Thomas Boston, 26 May 1773. MS (M-Ar:vol. 50:449–450. Of the 24 elected by joint ballot of the ... 30 June 1773 Hawley, Joseph to Adams, John The letter inclosed herewith contains My Answer to the young Gentn. you was pleased ... 19 July 1773 — 26 July 1773 Adams, John to Thomas, Hutchinson Boston, 19 or 26 July 1773. Printed: JA, Diary and Autobiography, 2:84–85. Unpublished ... 7 August 1773 Adams, John Mr Henry Adams before the year 1640, I cant Say how long before, came from Bristol in ... 1 August 1773 — 31 August 1773 Macaulay, Catharine to Adams, John I was very sorry to find by your favor of the 19 of Aprill that you had so many good reasons ... 21 September 1773 Wilson, Thomas to Adams, John In pursuance of a Resolution of this Society, I am to signify to you that you have this Day ... 11 October 1773 Warren, Mercy Otis to Adams, John To Mr. Adams ...

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