[dateline] Braintree November 29 1779
Before Mr. Adams left me he mentiond 2 or 3 gentlemen to me to whom he would have
me apply for advice and assistance during his absence. You Sir was one of those Friends
upon whom he directed me to rely who would consider my Situation and render me any
little services I stood in need of.1
My present request is to be informd of the rate of exchange of hard Money into paper.
There are so many persons disposed to take advantage of me, in this respect that unless
I can find a Friend or two upon whom I can rely, I shall be imposed upon as I have
heretofore been, and I have need enough I am sure of making the best exchange in my
The fluctuating state of our currency and the exorbitant demand for every necessary
of life, together with the high taxes renders it more peculiarly difficult to be deprived
of a partner at this day.
It has been my Lot in Life to be called repeatedly to the painfull task of seperating
from the dearest connexion in Life. Honour and Fame of which the world talk, weigh
but lightly against the Domestick happiness I resign, and the pain and anxiety I suffer.—One
only consideration preponderates the scale, The hope of rendering Essential service
to a distressd and Bleeding Country.
Be pleased sir to present my Respectfull complements to Mrs. Lowell tho I have not
the pleasure of an acquaintance with her.2
A few lines left for me at Mr. I. Smiths Boston will be safely conveyed to me and
will greatly oblige your Humble Servant,