Papers of John Adams, volume 16

To Richard Cranch

From Thomas Barclay

Mason Locke Weems to John Adams, 14 May 1784 Weems, Mason Locke Adams, John
From Mason Locke Weems
London May 14 1784

Your Excellency’s very Friendly Letter of the 22 April is safely come to hand, for which be pleased to accept my warmest thanks. a poor Acknowledgement truly for so Signal a favour.1 The Honourble Mr Laurens advises me to proceed immediately to Copenhagen But his Lordship the Bishop of St Asaph, thinks I might as well Stay a 216 few Weeks longer, and see whether or no Parliament will pass an Act for ordaining American Candidates without exacting the Oath. My very Generous Friend Mr Johnson thinks a Letter from your Excellency or some Illustrious Personage of your Acquaintance, to a Danish Bishop would do me much Service.2 this would be a favour of such Magnitude, as to surpass my Gratitude to Say how much it would Oblige

Your Excellency’s very Sincer / Friend & Servt.

Mason Weems

Be pleased to direct your Letter to me at No 8 Quality Court Chancery Lane

RC (Adams Papers); internal address: “His Excellency Mr Adams.—”


For JA’s 22 April letter to Weems, see his letter to the president of Congress of that date, and note 2, above.


JA enclosed a passport rather than a letter of introduction when he responded to Weems on 19 May (LbC, APM Reel 107).