Charles Storer to Abigail Adams
Amsterdam. Octor. 17th. 1782
I write you, Madam, agreable to the request of Mr. Adams, having put up for you the sundry articles you gave orders for in a late letter.1
You will receive by Captain Coffin, a Trunk containing an Invoice of things from Mr. Willink2 for you, which I assisted him in purchasing yesterday. Wish they may be agreable to you. Besides these articles there are some others, viz,
1. ps: Scarlet Broad Cloth
a remnant of blue ditto
Ditto. . . . . . . green Damask
Suit of Curtains unmade—with fringes. Tassells &c.3
An Umbrello for John Thaxter Esqr.
Ditto. . . . . . . for my Sister
a small bundle for my Brother.4
These last articles Mr. Adams gave me leave to enclose in the Trunk, and let me request you to forward them to my Papa,5 when convenient.
I have mentioned, in the first paragraph, that it is at Mr. Adams’ request that I write you by this opportunity. Indeed Madam it has been my inclination so to do, this some time, and in some measure my duty, thus to pay you my respects, having become a member of the family.
You know it was my wish to have come abroad with Mr. Adams; but Circumstances were then against me. The Case is now altered. My friend6 will return home in the Spring, and I expect to tarry in the family, to assist so far as my abilities will permit.
Mr. Adams and my friend Thaxter have just arrived in this City. We are on a journey, and as you are well versed in these matters, I need not add on the subject.7
Mr. Thaxter tells me you have some idea of making us a visit sometime or other. The news has given me pleasure, not only on my own Account, but as I think it will be vastly more agreable to Mr. Adams. It does not lay with me to urge, as I can be but an improper judge of the many Circumstances attending such a step. I can only say, I should be happy to welcome your arrival in Europe.
I am very happy to hear of Mr. Cranch’s recovery, as by the last accounts I was fearfull for him. Please to tender my congratulations to the family, and Respects to him.
Tossed about and bandied in this new world, amidst an endless maze of novelty and curiosity, I find still my greatest pleasure is in reflection on those near Connections and friends I have left behind me. To hear of their welfare and happiness gives me a satisfaction, [better?] felt, than described. I rejoice with them and find [myself?] equally interested in their behalf as ever.
Shall I beg the favor of you to present my Respe[cts] to all who may remember me in kindness. To our friends at Weymouth, Germantown and the farms, as well as up in town. My best Compliments to Miss Nabby, if you please. I should be happy to wait upon her to the Spectacles of Curiosity and Entertainment that Europe affords.
Accept my best respects and be assured, that I am with all due esteem, Yr. humble servt.
RC (Adams Papers). addressed: “Mrs: John Adams To the Care of Isaac Smith Esqr: Mercht: Boston. Per Capn: Coffin.” Some loss of text where the seal was cut out.
2. A duplicate enclosed with Wilhem and Jan Willink to JA, 14 Nov., is with that letter in the Adams Papers; another duplicate, enclosed with Ingraham & Bromfield to AA, 8 Nov. (Adams Papers), has not been found. Wilhem and Jan Willink were Amsterdam bankers who participated in raising the loan for the United States secured by JA on 11 June 1782 (JA, Diary and Autobiography description begins Diary and Autobiography of John Adams, ed. L. H. Butterfield and others, Cambridge, 1961; 4 vols. description ends , 3:9, note 1, 202, note 1, 212, note 2).
4. In these two lines Storer probably refers to Mary, age twenty-three, two years his senior, and George, age eighteen, the closest siblings to him in age (Sibley’s Harvard Graduates description begins John Langdon Sibley and Clifford K. Shipton, Biographical Sketches of Graduates of Harvard University, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Cambridge and Boston, 1873–. description ends , 12:213–214).
6. John Thaxter Jr.
8. Charles Storer was a distant relation of AA’s and friend of the Adams’ circle in Massachusetts. He sailed for Göteborg in the summer of 1781 and soon after joined JA and John Thaxter in the Netherlands. There he studied French and, as this letter indicates, assisted Thaxter as JA’s private secretary (vol. 4:124, note 1, 198, 364). This is the first extant letter in Storer’s extensive correspondence with various members of the Adams family.