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Browsing: Adams Family Correspondence, Volume 1


This foot note contained in document ADMS-04-01-02-0092
4. Both of these young men had recently entered JA 's office as law clerks; see an entry in the Suffolk Bar Book, 26 July 1774, approving their engagement by JA (MHS, Procs. , 1st ser., 19 [1881–1882]:152). Nathan Rice (1754–1834), of Sturbridge, Harvard 1773, joined the army in May 1775 and wrote letters to AA and JA from camps at Dorchester and Ticonderoga, 1775–1776; he served through the war, during a good part of it as major and aide-de-camp to Gen. Benjamin Lincoln (information from Harvard Univ. Archives; Heitman, Register Continental Army ). John Thaxter Jr. (1755–1791), of Hingham, Harvard 1774, was first cousin to AA ; he accompanied JA to Europe in 1779 as private secretary, returning in 1783, and is often mentioned in JA's Diary and Autobiography ; see, further, Adams Genealogy.