1. A comparison of this letter and a second from the Intelligencer of 18 Oct.
(below) with letters from Hugh Hughes of 31 March
and 29 May
1776 (both below) shows such a similarity in handwriting that it is almost certain that Hughes was the Intelligencer. Hugh Hughes (1727?–1802?) was an unsuccessful businessman who by recurrent financial difficulties was forced also to keep a school. An ardent patriot and member of the New York Sons of Liberty, he was assistant quartermaster general with the rank of colonel for the province of New York from May 1776 till Dec. 1781. He was the brother of John Hughes (1712–1772) of Philadelphia, friend of Benjamin Franklin (New Jersey Archives
, 1st ser., 24:646, note; Charles Henry Hart, ed., “Letters from William Franklin to William Strahan,”
, 35:442, note [Oct. 1911]; N.Y. Genealogical and Biographical Record
, 47 : 173; Heitman, Register Continental Army
, p. 306).
That this letter is addressed to both Samuel Adams and JA, together with the mention of Fairfield, Conn., suggests that the author met them when they stopped in Fairfield at “Penfields” on their way to the second session of the Second Continental Congress (JA, Diary and Autobiography