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. Charles Storer was a distant relation of
's and friend of the Adams' circle in Massachusetts. He sailed for Göteborg in the
summer of 1781 and soon after joined
and John Thaxter in the Netherlands. There he studied French and, as this letter
indicates, assisted Thaxter as
's private secretary (vol. 4:124, note 1
). This is the first extant letter in Storer's extensive correspondence with various
members of the Adams family.