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Docno: ADMS-06-01-02-0015

Author: Adams, John
Recipient: Wentworth, John
Date: 1758-10

To John Wentworth

[salute] Old Friend

I resume with Pleasure my long neglected Pen upon this opportunity by Mr. Belcher to inform you that I am still alive, and well; that I am removed from Worcester to Braintree where I expect to live and die; and altho' I have for a long time neglected to write you, I have never forgot to think frequently of you and to wish you all the Happiness that you deserve; no small Quantity truly!
The perpetual rotation of things in this world is such that we are obliged by shifting our theatre of action frequently to shift our Friends, to drop at once a whole Company yet we loved like our own souls and to contract with a sett entirely new.—Thus when I left this Place I left behind me one Sett of friends, and by removing to Cambridge acquired a new one, a sett that no accident will ever be able to make me forget, altho by removing from that place to Worcester I was (with Pain enough) seperated from them. Now I have been obliged to leave behind me at Worcester another sett with whom I have spent many agreeable Hours, and whom I sincerely esteem, and am now returned to the same goal from which [seven]2 years ago, I departed, and the wheel begins to roll anew.—Whether I shall ever remove again I know not, and dont much care, but whether here or elsewhere I shall always love my Friends old and new, and shall wish sincerely for a resumption, and an endless continuation of that Correspondence with you which was, while it lasted, one of the most considerable pleasures of my life.
Pray write me, as soon as you can, and let me know how you live, whether you are married or about it, or whether you intend to continue a Batchelor,—for my part, you know, that Woman never fell within my Scheme of Happiness, altho' the world tells me I am over head and ears in love.3 Whether I am or not, I sincerely dont know. Whenever I do I will tell you, but I am afraid you must wait till dooms day for information. In the mean time I remain with sincerity, Your Friend,
[signed] John Adams
MS not found. Reprinted from ( NEHGR , 5:414/6 (Oct. 1851)), where the provenance of this letter is given in detail; see descriptive note on JA to Wentworth, 12 April, above.
1. Editorial note in NEHGR : “The top of this letter was torn close to the reading matter, and this accounts for there being no date.” The date can be { 27 } quite confidently assigned as Oct. 1758 because early in that month JA returned from Worcester and set up his law office in Braintree. See, however, the following letter (caption entry).
2. Brackets and italics in NEHGR text.
3. Conceivably this could be a reference to JA 's flirtation with Hannah Quincy, although the earliest reference in the Diary and Autobiography to Hannah appears in Jan. 1759 (1:66–69).

Docno: ADMS-06-01-02-0016

Author: Adams, John
Recipient: Wentworth, John
Date: 1758-10

To John Wentworth

Braintree, October? 1758. Printed: JA, Earliest Diary , p. 64–65. It is difficult to believe that this draft or retained copy was copied off and sent to Wentworth, because its first paragraph announces the same momentous personal news announced in the opening paragraph of the letter preceding, which is known to have been sent to and received by Wentworth. It is possible that this letter and perhaps others drafted in JA's Earliest Diary were simply epistolary exercises, not intended to be sent in their present form.
Printed: (JA, Earliest Diary , p. 64–65.)

Docno: ADMS-06-01-02-0017

Author: Adams, John
Recipient: Crawford, William
DateRange: 1758-10 - 1758-11

To William Crawford

Braintree, October–November? 1758. Printed: JA, Earliest Diary , p. 99.
Printed (JA, Earliest Diary , p. 99).

Docno: ADMS-06-01-02-0018

Author: Adams, John
Recipient: Quincy, Samuel
DateRange: 1758-10 - 1758-11

To Samuel Quincy

Braintree, October–November? 1758. Printed: JA, Earliest Diary , p. 66–67
Printed: (JA, Earliest Diary , p. 66–67).

Docno: ADMS-06-01-02-0019

Author: Adams, John
Recipient: UNKNOWN
DateRange: 1758-10 - 1758-12

To an Unidentified Correspondent

Braintree October–December? 1758. Printed: JA, Earliest Diary , p. 70–72
Printed: (JA, Earliest Diary , p. 70–72).

Docno: ADMS-06-01-02-0020

Author: Adams, John
Recipient: Cranch, Richard
DateRange: 1758-11 - 1758-12

To Richard Cranch

Braintree October–December? 1758. Printed: JA, Earliest Diary , p. 69–70, from a draft, with the principal variations from text of RC (Adams Papers) recorded in notes.

Docno: ADMS-06-01-02-0021

Author: Adams, John
Date: 1758-12-05
Date: 1761-03-12

Marginalia in John Winthrop's Lecture on Earthquakes

Braintree, 5 December 1758?, 12 March 1761. Printed: JA, Diary and Autobiography , 1:61–62, 201–202.
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