Adams Papers

To John Adams from Abiel Holmes, 27 April 1820

Cambridge 27 April 1820.


When I asked your acceptance of a copy of American Annals, I requested the favour of any strictures that might occur to you in the perusal. If you have made any remarks with your pen or pencil, may I permitted to see them? if you have not, I should still esteem it a great privilege to have your advice respecting any improvements, of which I may avail myself in a future edition. To solicit what would give either labour or care to one who has so fair a claim to ease and repose, were a violation of that respect and duty which we all owe to the patriot and statesman, who has devoted a long life to the service of his country. Should it not be laborious to you to make a brief memorandum of any errors or omissions, or of any additional authorities, or of any thing which may improve the work, it would be highly estimated and duly acknowledged.

I purpose soon to pay my respects to you at / Quincy, and, in the mean time, remain, / Sir, / Your very respectful / and most obedient servant

Abiel Holmes

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