. “Mr. Bradford” was probably Samuel Bradford, whom JA
had met in Europe in 1779 and who, according to a letter from his father John Bradford
to Benjamin Franklin, was returning there in 1780 (vol. 7:356
; Cal. Franklin Papers, A.P.S.
, 2:307). Cooper had also written to JA
on 11 May (Adams Papers
) to introduce Benjamin Guild, former tutor at Harvard and future husband of AA
's cousin Elizabeth Quincy, who was sailing on the same ship as Bradford. For a sketch
of Guild, and an extract from Cooper's letter, see Adams Family Correspondence
. Although Cooper states that the vessel was going to Göteberg, Sweden, both men were
in Amsterdam by mid-August (JQA, Diary
). Cooper did not write again until 25 July (below).