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Docno: ADMS-04-07-02-0141

Author: Adams, Abigail
Recipient: Cranch, John
Date: 1786-10-21

Abigail Adams to John Cranch

[salute] Dear sir

A fine Salmon by the Exeter Stage; a week ago informd me that the Gentleman from whom I had before received a similar favour; was still mindfull of his Friends by his deeds, tho he seldom favourd them with his personal presence.
Accept sir my thanks, not only for the Salmon, but for the Partridges and woodcocks, which I presume came from the same quarter Last Spring,1 tho you have not sufferd [yo]ur right hand, to disclose what your Left hand has perform'd.
It pains me to receive these repeated [in]stances of your politeness, and attention, having nothing to offer you by way of acknowledgment; unless a Literary American production, may prove agreeable to you.2
As I know you to possess a Liberality of sentiment, beyond many of your countrymen, I have taken the Liberty to offer to your acceptance, what a dread of Truth, and a just representation of facts, prevents the printer to whom they were sent for Sale, to offer to the publick.3
The conduct of Britain towards America in the late Revolution, though recorded by the pen of Truth, and the Spirit of candour, is considerd as a Libel upon the actors; who are too wealthy and powerfull, to suffer a just Representation of those very deeds, which they blushed not to perpetrate.
Adulation, and the Wealth of the East Indies may silence a venal age; but a Cornwallis and a Rawdon, will Still be recorded in the Historic page of America with all the dark Shades of their Characters.4
Mr Ramsey the writer of the Revolution of Carolina, is a Gentleman of fortune and respectable Character and was lately President of congress.
By my last Letters from America dated in August, I had the pleasure of hearing that our [friends] were well; I had promised myself the pleasure of visiting Devonshire during the Summer, but an unexpected [call] obliged mr Adams to go to Holland, whither I accompanied him, and returnd too late; to think of an other excursion this Season.
Whenever you come to London, be assured, Sir, that I Should be very happy to see you, mr Adams presents his compliments to you.
{ 379 }

[salute] I am sir, with Sentiments of Esteem, your Friend & Humble Servant

[signed] A Adams
RC (NhHi: Presidential Autographs Collection [Dorothy Whitney]); addressed by WSS : “Mr. John Cranch attorney at Law at Axmister”; endorsed: “21. Oct. 1786. Her Excellency the Amer. embassadress.” Some loss of text where the seal was removed. Dft (Adams Papers), filmed at [1787], Adams Papers, Microfilms, Reel No. 370.
1. John Cranch of Axminster, Richard Cranch's nephew, had also sent gifts of game to the Adamses by the Exeter stage in Sept. 1785 (vol. 5:325, 326; 6:382–383) .
2. AA concludes this sentence in her Dft with “of the Poetick kind.”
3. AA was sending Cranch a copy of David Ramsay's The History of the Revolution of South Carolina. Ramsay had considerable difficulties getting the book published in London, where his agent, Charles Dilly, was reluctant to sell the book for fear that its anti-British content would provoke the public or the Crown. It was finally published there in 1787, but even then, it was not sold openly (Arthur H. Shaffer, To Be an American: David Ramsay and the Making of the American Consciousness, Columbia, S.C., 1991, p. 102, 303).
4. Lord Cornwallis, commander of British forces in South Carolina in 1780–1781 as well as at Yorktown, had been named governor-general of India in early 1786. Francis Lord Rawdon (1754–1826) had served in various capacities in the British Army during the Anglo-American war. He was notorious for his harsh treatment toward American forces in the Carolinas and was particularly reviled for his decision to execute Col. Isaac Haynes in Aug. 1781 ( DNB ; Greene, Papers , 9:251–252).

Docno: ADMS-04-07-02-0142-0001

Author: Adams, Abigail
Recipient: Hollis, Thomas Brand
Date: 1786-10-21

Abigail Adams to Thomas Brand Hollis

[salute] Sir

In my late visit to Holland I was present at the Grand ceremony of Swearing their New Elected Majestrates at Utrecht. I observed at the Breast of every soldier of the free choir, as they are term'd, a Medal. Curiosity led me to inquire the design of it, and upon viewing it I was so much gratified with it, that I got a Friend to procure me one, and I know not Sir to whom so properly to dedicate the triumph of Liberty, as to the Sincere votary of her. And mr Hollis will give me real pleasure by his acceptance of the Medal, and granting it a place in the Temple of Liberty, amidst the Selection already sacred to that Goddess.
Inclosed is the explanation of the Medal, from sir your Humble Servant
[signed] A Adams
RC (CSmH: HM26330.) The enclosure, in AA 's hand, presumably a FC , is in the Adams Papers, filed at 20 March, and filmed at that date in Adams Papers, Microfilms, Reel No. 367.

Docno: ADMS-04-07-02-0142-0002

Author: Adams, Abigail
Recipient: Hollis, Thomas Brand
Date: 1786-03-20

Enclosure: Description of Dutch Medal

An explanation of the medal struck at utrecht March 20 1786

The Nymph of the city of utrecht is known by her crown and her { 380 } Arms upon her Breast. By her side is the Alter of Liberty known by the Hat, and the date of the year from whence their Liberty commences. Upon the Alter are laid the roman Rods and Hachet. A Letter with three Seals designates the rights of the city and the three Members of the State. The Nymph holds it with the fingers of her Left Hand to Shew the part which the city of utrecht hath taken and to testify how much every one is interested in keeping it. In her right Hand she holds a written paper unroled upon which are written the new Rules of Government for the city. She presents it to an officer. He receives it and administers the oath both to the officers and citizens, which is performd by raising the two fingers of the right hands, whilst the citizens behind conform to it by presenting their Arms. The Houses and the Towr of the church of [ . . . ] at a distance on the right, point out the Square of Neude where the Solemnity was performd. The Revers is a civic crown with these words Allegience of the Citizens of utrecht to the rules of the Government of the city 20 March 1786.
RC (CSmH: HM26330.) The enclosure, in AA 's hand, presumably a FC , is in the Adams Papers, filed at 20 March, and filmed at that date in Adams Papers, Microfilms, Reel No. 367.