. Thomas Greenleaf escaped from Forton Prison, to which he had been sent on 7 July,
and may have been the “Mr Greenleaf” who carried JA
's letter of 27 Dec.
in America. Greenleaf, who later became a noted New York city printer, was the son
of Joseph Greenleaf of Boston (Marion and Jack Kaminkow, comps., Mariners of the American Revolution
, Baltimore, 1967, p. 78; Adams Family Correspondence
; 1:198, note 4
; James Edward Greenleaf, comp., Genealogy of the Greenleaf Family
, Boston, 1896, p. 196, 77–78). For JA
's opinion on aid to prisoners in general and to Greenleaf in particular, see his
reply of 8 Sept.
, apparently not sent (Adams Papers, Microfilms
, Reel No. 93).