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Thomas Boylston Adams to William Cranch, 15 August 1794

Thomas Boylston Adams to William Cranch

Quincy Augst: 15— 1794.

Dear William

Your last favor was handed me by Mr C Hall on the road between Philadelphia and New York—1 It gave me pleasure to receive it, particularly as it was delivered by a Gentleman for whom I have the highest esteem, and who from the satisfaction that was visible in his countenance, discovered the pleasure he must have received in his visit, and the still greater gratification of your acquaintance. I have so far proceeded in my arrangements for leaving the Country as to have arrived safely in this place, and am now waiting with no small degree of impatience for an opportunity to Embark— You know the hurry, bustle &c of such a period as the present, and therefore will pardon me in telling you, that present appearances afford me no prospect of paying a visit to my favorite spot in which you have the happiness to reside. It may however be possible, but if not, the consequence must be that you come and pass a few days with me. I shall be happy if it is in my power to save you the trouble, but if your business will admit your absence for a few days, it will probably be more convenient, than for me to visit you. My Brother whom I left in Philadelphia, has not yet arrived in Boston, tho’ I expect him by every Post; when he returns I shall be able to inform you whether a week of pleasure can be afforded me or not. As there are no vessels up for London at present, the period of our Embarkation is yet uncertain— We may be detained four or five weeks; and if in that time all matters can be brought to bear, I will run away to you with as much eagerness as ever a hungry boy ran to his breakfast.

Your Family were all well yesterday; Present me affectionately to all your friends at Haverhill and receive for your individual self the best wishes of

Thomas B Adams

RC (OCHP:William Cranch Papers, Mss fC891c RM); addressed: “William Cranch Esqr: / Atty at Law / Haverhill”; internal address: “William Cranch Esqr:”; endorsed: “T.B. A. Aug: 15. 1794 / Ansd. 23d” and “Ansd. Aug. 23d.”

1Not found. Charles Hall (ca. 1769–1821) was a lawyer who settled in Sunbury, Penn. (New York Evening Post, 16 Jan. 1821).

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