. James Grubb, a Virginia merchant at Lorient. Thirty years later JQA
employed Grubb as his private secretary in London. “He was then [in the 1780s]
flourishing in Youth and Prosperity,” JQA
wrote to his mother, “but has since been unfortunate, and now with a wife and six
children, even the employment that I give him is a relief to him” (Cal. Franklin Papers, A.P.S.
, 2:450; 3:97; JQA
, 24 Aug. 1815, Adams Papers