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. This was JA
's own address, written down for him by someone who knew how to spell it, from mid-August
1780 to Feb. 1781. The Agterburgwal was a street on a canal “behind the city wall,”
lived on it “near High Street.” His landlady was “Madame La Veuve du Mr. Henry Schorn”
to Francis Dana, 18 Jan. 1781
, Adams Papers
). In his letters to the Boston PatriotJA
remembered that there had been some “remarks” and “whisperings” among the Dutch and
among Americans in Amsterdam “that Mr. Adams was in too obscure lodgings,” but he
considered that these originated with “English spies” (Corr. in the Boston Patriot
, p. 346). Whatever it may have been then, this section of Amsterdam, near the harbor
and railroad station, is anything but respectable now, being on the edge of the area
reserved for licensed prostitution. The most prominent landmark nearby is the Oude
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, 2014.