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Docno: ADMS-04-07-02-0147

Author: Hollis, Thomas Brand
Recipient: Adams, Abigail
Date: 1786-11-04

Thomas Brand Hollis to Abigail Adams

Mr Brand Hollis presents his compliments to Mrs Adams and desires her acceptance of two medals one on the execution of the counts Egmont and Horne two Dutch Patriots contrary to faith-given!
The other on the Murder of the first Prince of Orange
Base acts of a Tyrant!2
Three common wealth coins3 to record, what England once was.
Mrs Adams had the only copy of the right hand of Fellowship which was printed at that time4 otherwise more would have been sent.
1. Guy Fawkes Day, 5 November.
2. The “tyrant” was Philip II of Spain. Lamoral, Count of Egmont, and Philip de Montmorency, Count of Hoorn, prominent Catholic critics of Philip's rule in the Netherlands, were executed at Brussels in 1568 on the orders of Philip's lieutenant, the Duke of Alva. William I (the Silent), Prince of Orange, leader of the Protestant revolt in the Netherlands' northern provinces, was assassinated, with Philip's encouragement, at his home in Delft in 1584 (see JA, Papers, 10:108–110, 116, 117).
3. Not identified.
4. Not identified.
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.