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. This copy of MacCreery's letter with its addition of 25 Oct. was probably retained
after enclosing the
to James Lovell in a missing letter to him, which he acknowledged on 21 March 1778
Adams Family Correspondence
, 2:403–404). The original letter was forwarded to
by Samuel and Robert Purviance of Baltimore (S. and R. Purviance to
, 9 Jan. 1778
, below). Lovell claimed that he read the MacCreery letter in the congress because
he thought it important for the Commerce Committee, but the Journals make no mention
of the reading.