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From John Adams to Samuel Phillips, 18 June 1788

[18 June 1788]

To the Honourable the Legislature of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

The kind and condescending Congratulations of so illustrious a Body as the Legislature of the Massachusetts on my arrival with my Family, in this my native Country, does me great honour and demands my most gratefull Acknowledgements

If the Dangers and Fatigues which have fallen to my share in the Course of a memorable Revolution, have contributed in any degree, to the Acquisition or Security of those inestimable Blessings of Independence and Peace, of Commerce and Territory, of civil and religious Liberty which this highly favoured Nation now enjoys the Reflection on them will be a source of Consolation to me, to my latest Period: and the Candour and Indulgence with which they have been received by my Fellow Citizens, will ever be remembered with Gratitude

John Adams.

In Senate June 18’. 1788—

Read and sent down

Samel. Phillips junr. Presdt.

In the House of Representatives June 19. 1788

Read and sent up

Theodore Sedgwick Spkr.

ICN: Herbert R. Strauss Collection.

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