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Docno: ADMS-06-08-02-0091

Author: Chase, Samuel
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1779-09-03

From Samuel Chase

[salute] Dear Sir

I most cordially congratulate You on Your safe Arrival to your Country, Family and Friends. I was honoured with a letter from You last Winter,1 which I should have answered, but what was worthy of your Notice or conveying Information could not with Prudence be intrusted to Paper without a Cypher. Our political Climate has been greatly changed since I had the Pleasure of Seeing You last in Philadelphia. The Spirit of Discord and Faction has gone forth. Intrigue and Cabal has found a Way into our Great-Council-Fire. If I should meet You at Philadelphia, I may be more explicit; in the mean Time if I can render You any Services be pleased to lay your Commands. I shall only add that each Party will endeavor to join You to their Interest. I think your Honor and Character will be more safe, by rejecting both. I doubt not You will excuse this free but sincere advice. I am encouraged to this freedom from your kind and friendly letter from Paris.
A Sloop called the Porpas is arrived at this City from Amsterdam. Tho' embarked in the Commercial World, I have no other Connection with the Owners, than Friendship. I perceive there are a Number of Crates of Earthen and Stone Ware (I beleive 25) shipped to You. If You incline to dispose of them here, I wish You would give Me the preference of the Purchase. I will give You as much as any one. The highest price given here for European Goods, a sorted Cargo, was 70 for 1—that [is] 70£/ Conti: for what cost 1£/ Sterling. I presume Articles so liable to break, would not bring or be worth so much as Cloths, Linen &c. &c.
If You will let Me know what price You will take, I will pay You in Philadelphia, or I will procure a Draft on Boston. You will inclose your order for Delivery, if I elect to take them at your Price. If You should not chuse to sell them here, I shall be glad to render You any Services respecting the Conveyance of them where You may please to order them. By our Laws the purchaser from You can retail them at no more than 30 per Cent.2
I beg to be remembered to Mr. Hancock and my other Friends in Boston.
Accept my best Wishes for your Health and Happiness, and beleive Me to be Dear Sir, Your Affectionate and Obedient Servant
[signed] Saml. Chase
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RC (Adams Papers); docketed: “Mr. Chase”; by CFA : “Septr. 3d 1779.” On the blank fourth page of Chase's letter is the draft of JA 's reply of 23 Sept. (below).
1. Not found.
2. “An act for the more effectual preventing forestalling and engrossing” (Session Laws, 1779, Ch. XVII, Laws of Maryland, Annapolis, [1779], Evans, No. 16333).

Docno: ADMS-06-08-02-0092

Author: Knox, Henry
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1779-09-04

From Henry Knox

[salute] Dear Sir

To the numerous congratulations which you have received on your safe arrival in America, permit me to add my tribute, and to felicitate you on your safe return to your Family, friends and Country, and event which I am certain gives you true pleasure and happiness, whatever motives produc'd it, Whether Faction, Ambition, or—as I am a very bad Statesman—true policy in order to procure proper information of the politics of Europe.1
Thank Heaven and the ability and Industry of some-body The State of Europe appears to be such as will in proper time effectually confirm That Peace, Liberty and Safety which America has been so long sighing for.
If it is your design to pass through Camp to Congress I pray you to make me so happy as to take up your residence with me for the time you shall be in Camp.

[salute] I am Dear sir with great Respect and Affection Your Humble Servt.

[signed] H Knox
1. The second dash in this sentence is supplied.

Docno: ADMS-06-08-02-0093

Author: President of Congress
Author: Jay, John
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1779-09-07

From the President of the Congress

[salute] Sir

On the 20th. August last I had the Pleasure of recieving and communicating to Congress your Favors of the 3d. and 4th. of that month. Be pleased to accept my Congratulations on your safe Return to your Family and Country. Yours of the 27 Feby. and 1st. March last came to Hand about ten Days ago. An Expectation of having Commands from Congress to transmit, induced me to delay writing 'till now.
I have the Honor to be Sir with great Respect & Esteem Your most obedient and h'ble Servant
[signed] John Jay
RC (Adams Papers). On the reverse side JA wrote out a copy (or draft) of his reply to Jay of 23 Sept. (below).
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