Adams Papers

To John Adams from Duncan Ingraham Jr., 13 February 1783

From Duncan Ingraham Jr.

Amsterdam Feby: 13th 1783.—


Your much esteem’d favór of 7th Inst with which I am Honour’d was receiv’d Yesterday & am very sorry that you have cause to be anxious about your Son John Quincy Adams.—1 I will write next post to Hamburg, Copenhagen & Gottenburg & endeavour to Learn something of him & which I hope to give you a pleasing Account of per return of the Northern Post.—

I am much oblidg’d by your Intention to send me some Passports for our Vessels which are now Laying here at a Great expence, of our own are the three following. Vizt

150 Tons Brigt. Sukey Capt. Moses Grinnel for Boston—
130 ” Brigt Constance Capt: Cornelius Fellows for Do.
150 ” Brigt Stadt Berlin Capt. James Hayden for Philadelphia.

there are several Dutch Vessels beginning to fit out but I presume that every thing will be establish’d on a Peace Basis before they Sail.— Capt. Frazier in the Firebrand to Mess Deneufvilles House is also ready.—

Mr Nalboró Frazier goes to Philadelphia in the Stadt Berlin & will take charge of any Dispatches you may wish to forward.—2

Mrs: Ingraham has encreas’d my Family this Morning with a Dutch Girl, she desires her respects as do the rest of my Family.—3

I have the Honór to be with much esteem / & respect / Sir / Your most Obedt: Servant

Duncan Ingraham Junr.

RC (Adams Papers); internal address: “His Excellency / John Adams Esqr.—”

1The letter of the 7th has not been found, but it likely was similar to JA’s letter to C. W. F. Dumas of that date, above.

2Merchant Nalbro Frazier, who later in 1783 formed a partnership with Tench Coxe at Philadelphia that continued until 1790 (Jacob E. Cooke, Tench Coxe and the Early Republic, Chapel Hill, N.C., 1978, p. 62–79).

3Susannah Greenleaf Ingraham (1754–1832) had just given birth to Sophia May Ingraham (1783–1864) (Richard D. Flinn, The Descendants of Philander Chase, Hillsboro, Ohio, 1991, p. lii, 1).

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