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. In Congress, 7 Nov., “Ordered
, That Mr. Samuel Adams, and Mr. J[ohn] Adams, have leave of absence to visit their
, 9:880). The Adamses had waited to make this application until they supposed the
text of the Articles of Confederation, debate over which had occupied Congress intermittently
since early April, was complete. Actually a final text was not agreed to and spread
on the Journal until 15 Nov. (same, p. 907–928); in this form it was to be printed
and submitted to the states for adoption. Meanwhile, on the nth, the Adamses set off
from York, as appears from the retrospective entries incorporated in the present entry.
Some of the varied reasons for
's retirement from Congress at this time are given in his Autobiography, at the beginning
of Part Two, entitled “Travels and Negotiations
.” The reasons were largely personal. After four years of almost continuous service
in Congress he needed to repair his health; and his business, farm, and family required