Richard Howe, Fourth Viscount (1726–1799), Mezzotint by James Watson, after a Painting by Thomas Gainsborough, 1778 112
Commander of the British fleet at New York and with his brother William head of the peace commission which caused so much consternation among patriots in the spring and summer of 1776. Adams could not forgive the Howe brothers for consenting to fight Americans, when Massachusetts had so honored their older brother, George Augustus, who had fallen in the French and Indian War. Adams called the two remaining Howes, the “grateful brothers.” The print was published by James Bretherton in London, 7 March 1778.
Courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Print Department.
Cite web page as: Founding Families: Digital Editions of the Papers of the Winthrops and the Adamses, ed.C. James Taylor. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 2007.