Recipient: Adams, Abigail
[dateline] Boston Janry. 22d 1783
Yesterday I received your very obliging Letter1
and return you many thanks for your willingness to serve my interest. Some of my
friends seemed to wish as I did to have some testimony of how I stood in Mr. Adams'
opinion through you. I prefered it to giving them such letters of his as I had in
my hands. However your answer not arriving in time I gave President Willard four letters
of Mr. Adams', and one of Dr. Franklins—they were mere letters of friendship and contained
what every body might have seen, yet I am always rather nice in regard to letters
when the writers are absent. When I come to Braintree I will show them to you. I unexpectedly
found a powerfull party against the confirmation of the Vote of the Corporation, on
account (ostensibly) of my being in England—and my not being a Son of Harvard
If I found I was like to come in with a general consent I would accept most joyfully
that arduous and important post but otherwise I had rather be without it, for from
the very nature of our Art, and the mode of teaching of it, even an old Man, with
twice my knowledge and experience would stand in need of every indulgence—and I shall
never be hardy enough to open my mouth in public when I know there are numbers of
shrewe'd Men looking after me for evil.
[salute] My most respectfull Compliments to Miss Adams and Master Charles. I am with every
sentiment of respect Your most obedient humble Servant.
[signed] B. Waterhouse