. On the verso appears the following letter, endorsed at the foot, “rec'd. Jan. 25 1774”:
[dateline] London, 15th Octor. 1773
I have the honor of transmitting you the inclosed Resolution of the Society of the
Bill of Rights which was unanimous.
It affords me great pleasure to find so very respectable a Gentleman of America, disposed
to unite with the Friends of Liberty in England for our mutual safety and Defence.
I am most respectfully your very Obedient Humble Servant,
Sayre, whom JA
may have met during his visits to New England in 1766 and 1772, credited himself
with being the “chief founder” of the Supporters, but he tended greatly to exaggerate
his accomplishments and importance (Sibley-Shipton, Harvard Graduates
, 14:207). For a brief sketch of Sayre and bibliographic references for his career,
see Adams Family Correspondence
, 4:264–265, note
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.