2. John Thaxter Jr. (1755-1791), of Hingham, Harvard 1774, first cousin to AA through her aunt, Anna (Quincy) Thaxter. He had studied law in JA's office from 1774 until his admission to the bar in 1777, had at the same time been tutor to the Adams sons, and in 1778 had served as clerk in the office of the Secretary of Congress at York and Philadelphia, He was now going to Europe as JA's private secretary, a post he held until Sep. 1783, when he returned to America bringing the Definitive Treaty with Great Britain. He later settled in Haverhill and practiced law there. This note is largely based on Thaxter's correspondence with various members of the Adams famiy in the Adams Papers
and a small collection of Thaxter family papers in MHi
: see also History of the Town of Hingham, Mass. [Hingham,] 1893, 3:233; MHS, Procs.
, 1st ser., 19 (1881–1882):152, 158; JA, Works
, 3:354–355, 383; Burnett, ed., Letters of Members