. William Smith Shaw, son of
's sister Elizabeth (Smith) and Rev. John Shaw, was born in Haverhill on 12 Aug. 1778
(Vital Records of Haverhill, Massachusetts
, Topsfield, Mass., 1910–1911, 1:271). He served as
's private secretary during the latter's Presidency and became a founder and the first
librarian of the Boston Athenaeum. See Adams Genealogy.
's aversion to her brother-in-law Shaw has been expressed earlier in this correspondence;
see above, vols. 1:176
, and see Thaxter's answer, 11–12 Sept.