Adams Papers

To John Adams from Richard Price, 22 October 1785

From Richard Price

Saturday [22 October 1785]1

Dr Price presents his respectful complimts: to Mr Adams, and conveys to him the inclosed policy—2 Should Mr Houdon happen not to have had the Small-pox, the policy will not be vacated unless he Should die of the Small-pox.

The congregation at Hackney are making alterations by which they will enlarge Several Pews, and gain one pew wch: they intend to reserve for the accommodation of Mr Adams.3

Dr Price’s respectful complimts wait on Mrs Adams and Miss Adams.

RC (MHi:Adams-Hull Coll.); addressed: “To / Excellency Mr Adams.”

1This date is derived from Price’s 16 Oct. letter to JA (Adams Papers) enclosing a receipt for the life insurance policy for Jean Antoine Houdon and informing him that “the Policy itself will be ready in a few days.” Saturday was 22 Oct., and on the 24th JA wrote to Thomas Jefferson, below, that he had received the policy.

2Not found.

3The Adamses had been attending Price’s nonconformist church, Gravel-Pit Meeting Place in Hackney, since their arrival in London (AFC description begins Adams Family Correspondence, ed. L. H. Butterfield, Marc Friedlaender, Richard Alan Ryerson, Margaret A. Hogan, and others, Cambridge, 1963–. description ends , 6:196, 197; DNB description begins Leslie Stephen and Sidney Lee, eds., The Dictionary of National Biography, New York and London, 1885–1901; repr. Oxford, 1959–1960; 21 vols. plus supplements; rev. edn., description ends ).

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