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Docno: ADMS-06-05-02-0069

Author: Adams, John
Recipient: Warren, James
Date: 1777-03-24

To James Warren

[salute] Dear sir

This Morning, a Vessell1 has arrived in this City with 6800 stand of excellent Arms and 1500 Gun Locks, belonging to Congress and 1500 more private Property. These last We have ordered to be bought.
This News you may depend on, the Letters were brought into Congress, in the Midst of a Debate concerning a Resolution to impower the General to procure Arms wherever he could find them.2
Thus, it is—on how many Occasions, when We have been unable to see any Way to help ourselves has Providence, Sent Us an unexpected Relief! Thus it has been, and thus it will be. I am, &c.
[signed] John Adams
RC (MHi:Warren-Adams Coll.); docketed: “Mr J. Adams Lettr March 77.”
1. The vessel was the brig Sally, Capt. Stocker, from Nantes (Pennsylvania Gazette, 26 March).
2. The Journal makes no mention of this particular debate (JCC, 7:197).
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.