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Docno: ADMS-06-15-02-0013

Author: Adams, John
Recipient: Holyoke, Edward Augustus
Date: 1783-06-10

To Edward Augustus Holyoke

[salute] Sir,

Upon an Intimation from my Friend Dr. Tufts of Weymouth, that the Medical Society, of which you are President, desired to extend its Connections in Europe, I ventured to apply to the Chiefs of the Royale Société de Médecine at Paris, and met with a more complaisant Reception than I expected.
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Enclosed are Copies of Letters which have passed upon the Occasion, and of the Diploma, which is the Result of them.1 The Originals I shall bring with me, or send by a careful Hand.
I hope the Medical Society will pardon my Presumption in going so far without their Authority— But the Proposition once hinted at was recieved with so much Earnestness, that I could not recede.
With great Respect, I have the honor to be, / Sir, / your most obedient & / most humble Servant.
[signed] John Adams.2
RC in John Thaxter’s hand (MBCo:Bowditch Book); addressed: “Edward Augustus Holyoke Esqr. / President of the Medical Society established in Boston. / residing at / Salem. / Massachusetts.—”; internal address: “Edward Augustus Holyoke Esqr. / President of the Medical Society / Massachusetts.—”; endorsed: “From his Excellency / Jno Adams Esqr. to. the Presid.LbC (Adams Papers); APM Reel 110.
1. For the enclosed letters that JA exchanged with Etienne Louis Geoffroy, Joseph Marie François de Lassone, and Félix Vicq d’Azyr between 20 Dec. 1782 and 8 March 1783, see vol. 14:142–143, 144, 232–234, 303, 518, 521. The final letter from Lassone is of 3 June, above. JA recorded all of them, including this letter to Holyoke, on p. 9–14 of Lb/JA/22, APM Reel 110. The original letters from the French correspondents are all in MBCo:Bowditch Book, containing the early records of the Massachusetts Medical Society. JA also enclosed the diploma that made the relationship between the two societies official and probably a copy of the Royal Society’s Journal de médecine militaire, both of which he received with Félix Vicq d’Azyr’s letter of 3 Feb. (vol. 14:232–234). The former is among the records of the medical society; the latter, while received, has not been found. For the medical society’s response to JA’s efforts on its behalf, see Holyoke’s letter of 6 Nov., below.
2. In JA’s hand.
Cite web page as: Founding Families: Digital Editions of the Papers of the Winthrops and the Adamses, ed.C. James Taylor. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 2018.