Adams Papers

From John Adams to the Speaker of the Massachusetts House, 28 November 1776

To the Speaker of the Massachusetts House

Braintree Novr 28. 1776


I had this Moment, between two and Three o’Clock, the Honour of your Letter of this Days Date,2 requiring my Attendance, on the Hon. House of Representatives. Some particular Circumstances, render it inconvenient for me to Sett off this Afternoon, but tomorrow Morning I will do myself the Honour of waiting on the Honourable House. Mean Time I am, your humble Servant

John Adams

RC (NN:Emmet Coll.).

1James Warren was the Speaker.

2Not found. On 28 Nov. the House voted to request JA to appear before it, but the records give no explanation for the request. Probably the legislature wanted firsthand information from a recently returned delegate, for it was in process of drafting a letter to the delegation (Mass., House Jour. description begins Journals of the House of Representatives of Massachusetts [1715-], Boston, reprinted by the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1919-. (For the years for which re­prints are not yet available, the original printings are cited, by year and session.) description ends , 1776–1777, 2d sess., p. 176, 169, 175). The Journal does not record what JA said when he appeared.

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