If you can recollect the hand writing of an old friend as it is presum’d you will,
put full confidence in Mr William the bearer of this,1 and give him your direction without a moments delay for the further steps of—
[signed] Henry L.
RC (Adams Papers); addressed: “The Honorable John Adams Esquire Hague.”; endorsed: “Henry L.”
1. William Vaughan, who delivered Henry Laurens’ first direct communication with JA since his release from the Tower of London, was the younger brother of Benjamin Vaughan,
a protégé of Lord Shelburne. Benjamin Vaughan acted as an intermediary between Laurens
and Shelburne (Laurens, Papers, 15:474–476, 482).
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, 2016.