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5. Benjamin Hichborn had been captured with JA's indiscreet letters in Aug., 1775 but afterward escaped; see JA, Diary and Autobiography
. Thomas Welsh, serving as a military surgeon, was a relative of AA's by marriage; see Adams Genealogy. Jonathan Mason, a former law clerk of JA's and a correspondent of AA's, has been identified and often alluded to in earlier volumes of this series. John Codman (probably John Codman Jr., on whom
see William Smith to AA, 1–3 Oct.
, below) was one of the members of the Independent Company when it was formed in 1776; see AA to JA, 1 Aug. 1776
, vol. 2, above;
Mass. Soldiers and Sailors
, 3:704. Neither Smith nor Bradford can be identified with certainty.
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.