Papers of John Adams, volume 8

To James Lovell

To the President of the Congress

To John Lowell, 4 November 1779 JA Lowell, John To John Lowell, 4 November 1779 Adams, John Lowell, John
To John Lowell
Dear sir Braintree Novr. 4. 1779

I thank you for your Favour of the 12 Oct. and for the Trouble you took in conveying my Accounts and Vouchers to the Treasury.

I am too fond of the Approbation of my Country men, to refuse, or to hesitate about accepting an appointment made with So much Unanimity, after all the Contests about foreign affairs and I am too nearly of your Opinion in some other Points too.

No Man knows better than you, how much my private Interest has suffered by my Inattention to my Business: how this new Appointment will operate, I know not. I shall be in a better Situation, than before because I know, what to depend upon. I hope I shall be able to support my Family. It is too late for me to think1 of great Things, in Point of Fortune.


The friendly sentiments you express, are reciprocal. They were conceived early in life, and will not easily wear out.

I must commit my family, in Some measure to your Care. My dear Mrs. Adams will have occasion, perhaps for your Advice, which I know you would readily offer her.2 I am with much Esteem, yours

John Adams

RC (CSmH.) LbC (Adams Papers).


The Letterbook concludes the sentence with “of making an Estate.”


For Lowell's response to this request, and to AA's letter to him of 29 Nov. ( Adams Family Correspondence , 3:240), see his letter to AA of 15 Dec. (same, 3:250). In that letter, Lowell noted that JA's letter had reached Philadelphia after he had set out on his return to Boston and thus he had not received the letter until shortly before 15 Dec.