Adams Family Correspondence, volume 5

John Adams to Abigail Adams

Abigail Adams to Mary Smith Cranch

John Adams to John Quincy Adams, 1 August 1784 JA JQA


John Adams to John Quincy Adams, 1 August 1784 Adams, John Adams, John Quincy
John Adams to John Quincy Adams
My dear son The Hague August 1. 1784

I have the Pleasure of yours of July 30. and advise you to purchase the Coach and prepare every Thing to set off with me to Dover in a Week from this Day. I will not loose a Moment, of the agreable Company, that I can avoid. Indeed I have repented 20 times that I did not go with you. The Pas of Calais and the Pas of Harwich will make me sick, but do me no harm.

Your Father

Purchase Johnsons Lives of the Poets1 which will amuse Us on the Road. We will take the Journey fair and easy.

Mr. Elworthys Bills I will bring with me and pay in London.2

RC (Adams Papers).


JA's library has Samuel Johnson's The Lives of the Most Eminent English Poets, London, 1783, in four volumes. Each volume has JA's bookplate; vol. 3 has his autograph. Catalogue of JA's Library .


JA wrote this sentence in the left margin.