. Probably William Foster, a Boston merchant, brother and business partner of Joseph Foster, whom
had met on board the Active
on their way to Europe in 1784. Soon after
's arrival in Boston, Mary Smith Cranch arranged to board the Adams boys at Mr. Foster's,
“whenever they are not invited else Where” (Frederick Clifton Pierce, Foster Genealogy; Being The Record of the Posterity of Reginald Foster . . .
, 2 vols., Chicago, 1899, 2:940–941; JA, Diary and Autobiography
; Thwing Catalogue, MHi
; Mary Smith Cranch to
, 14 Aug.–[15?
, Adams Papers