Adams Papers

Samuel Magaw, James Hutchinson, Jonathan Williams, and John Vaughan to Abigail Adams, 26 February 1791

Samuel Magaw, James Hutchinson, Jonathan Williams, and John Vaughan to Abigail Adams

Philad. 26 Feby 1791—


Having been honored with the Vice Presidents consent to attend the Eulogium in Memory of Dr Benjamin Franklin. We in the name of the Philosophical Society, presume to hope you will do them the honor of your presence on the Same important occasion1

We have the honor to be / with the greatest respect / Madam / Your obedient Servants

Sam. Magaw

James Hutchinson

Jona Williams

Jn Vaughan


RC (Adams Papers); internal address: “Mrs Adams.—”

1Benjamin Franklin died in Philadelphia on 17 April 1790. Nearly a year later, on 1 March 1791, JA and AA were in attendance when American Philosophical Society vice president William Smith delivered a eulogy before members of the society at Philadelphia’s German Lutheran Church: “From west to east, by land and on the wide ocean, to the utmost extents of the civilized globe, the tale hath been told—That the venerable Sage of Pennsylvania, the Patriot and Patriarch of America, is no more” (DAB description begins Allen Johnson, Dumas Malone, and others, eds., Dictionary of American Biography, New York, 1928–1936; repr. New York, 1955–1980; 10 vols. plus index and supplements. description ends ; William Smith, Eulogium on Benjamin Franklin, L.L.D., Phila., 1792, title page, p. 1; Philadelphia Freeman’s Journal, 9 March).

2This word is written alongside the list of names preceded by a large brace. Samuel Magaw (1739–1812) was rector of St. Paul’s Church, Philadelphia, and vice provost of the University of Pennsylvania. James Hutchinson (1752–1793) was a physician and University of Pennsylvania professor of medicine (Colonial Collegians description begins Colonial Collegians: Biographies of Those Who Attended American Colleges before the War of Independence, CD-ROM, ed. Conrad Edick Wright, Robert J. Dunkle, and others, Boston, 2005. description ends ). For Jonathan Williams, see vol. 3:72; for John Vaughan, see JA, D&A description begins Diary and Autobiography of John Adams, ed. L. H. Butterfield and others, Cambridge, 1961; 4 vols. description ends , 3:226.

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