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Docno: ADMS-04-03-02-0202

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Recipient: Adams, Abigail
Date: 1780-01-16

John Quincy Adams to Abigail Adams

[salute] Hond. Mamma

I am (by the Grace of God) once more safely arrived at Bilbao. I have wrote you an account1 of my Voyage and why we put into Spain. I have heard Since I left Ferrol that a Child of foar years old might be put into the leak. It was well for us that we arrived as we did, one more Storm would very probably carried us to the bottom of the Sea. We arrived here yesterday at about one o'clock and found two American Vessels here one a ship belonging to one of the Cobetts and the other a brig belonging to the Tracy's;2 When you write me I beg you would let me know whither you have received an account of my Voyage. Please to give all my Duty to Grandpappa Smith and Grand Mamma Hall and Uncles Cranch, Quincy and Adams.

[salute] I am your dutiful Son,

[signed] John Quincy Adams
RC (Adams Papers); addressed: “Mrs. Adams Braintree near Boston To Be Sunk in case of Captivity.”
1. Not found.
2. The Rambler, Capt. Benjamin Lovett, owned by Andrew Cabot of Beverly; and the Phoenix, Capt. James Babson, owned by Nathaniel Tracy and others of Newburyport (MHS, Colls. , 77 [1927]: 248, 235; see also the preceding and following letters).

Docno: ADMS-04-03-02-0203

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Recipient: Adams, Thomas Boylston
Date: 1780-01-16

John Quincy Adams to Thomas Boylston Adams

[salute] My Dear Brother

I am always happy to find an opportunity of conversing with you, as we cannot verbally do this it is our duty to do it by writing. I now have a good opportunity to write a few lines to you by Captn. Lovett in a Ship belonging to Mr. Cobet of Beverly, but I can write but a few lines to you for I must write to all my Freinds. We have had the worst 3 Weeks that ever I pass'd in my life. Bad roads, worse accomodations, no Chimneys in the houses which look more like hogs penns than houses, and in Short it is past my art to give a description of what I have seen Since I left Ferrol. But I must conclude in subscribing myself your affectionate brother,
[signed] John Quincy Adams
RC (Adams Papers); addressed: “To Mr. Thomas Adams Braintree near Boston—To be sunk in case of Captivity”; erroneously docketed in AA 's later hand: “J Q Adams to C A. 16 Jan 1780”; but correctly, at head of text, in CFA 's hand: “ JQA to his brother Thomas.”
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