Hugh Hughes to Abigail Adams
Fishkill May 21st. 1781
I do myself the Honour, at the Request of the Honble. James Lovel Esq; Member of Congress, to address two Packages, that were left here by Doctr. Winship, to you. They came to Hand without a Case, which I have order’d made for their Security. They are in Charge of a Mr. Brown, who conducts a Wagon from Philadelphia to Boston, for some Members of Congress and others.
When I began this, Brown was not got here from the Landing. He is now arriv’d and I inclose his Receipt for the Box and its Contents, which I wish safe to Hand.
Lest it should be imagin’d that the Packages had been neglected, I must beg Leave to acquaint you Madam that they were left in Store without my Privity, unless as a Part of Doctr. Winship’s Baggage which I never saw, but told him that he was welcome to store it, till he could send for it, which Situation they remaind in till I received Mr. Lovell’s Requisition to make Inquiry for them, in doing which they were discover’d by the Storekeeper, as above, that is, with the Doctr’s. Chest and Trunk &c. They appear’d to be entire, and in tolerable Order, and I hope they have sustain’d no Injury. I beg Pardon for being this tedious, which I should not have been, had I not conceiv’d it an indispensable Duty.
As I perceive by Mr. Lovell’s Letter that his Lady has some Interest in the Packages, I beg you will please to communicate the Contents of this to her.
I have the Honour to be, with the greatest Respect, Madam, your most Obedient and very Humble Sert.,
RC (Adams Papers); at foot of text: “The Honble Mrs. John Adams.” Enclosed “Receipt” not found.
1. Hugh Hughes, mentioned passingly in earlier letters, was a New York officer in the Quartermaster General’s department who was stationed on the east side of the Hudson at Fishkill (now Beacon), N.Y. (Heitman, Register Continental Army description begins Francis B. Heitman, comp., Historical Register of Officers of the Continental Army during the War of the Revolution, new edn., Washington, 1914. description ends ). Lovell had explained the arrangements with Hughes in his letter to AA of 14 May, above.