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John Adams to Cotton Tufts, 5 March 1785

John Adams to Cotton Tufts

Auteuil near Paris March 5. 1785

Dr Sir

Last night I received yours of 1 Jan.1 and immediately accepted the Bill for 50 £. St. payable in London. Whenever you draw upon me, you may draw payable in London, Amsterdam or Paris, as you shall find most beneficial. I accepted the Bill with Pleasure, as the purchases you have made are much to my Taste. I consent too, very readily to your raising my low House.2 It has need of it. If Verchilds Pasture, which lies between me, can be purchased, I wish you to do it. You may continue to purchase, such Scraps of Marsh or Woodland as are to be sold at reasonable Rates and draw upon me. Mrs. A. I believe has hinted a larger Purchase3 but I could not get through it without running in debt, or Selling my Furniture, or both, and I love to feel free. So I had rather you should go on, in the small Way.

My Love to your Lady and son and all Friends particularly Uncle Norton [Quincy].

John Adams

RC (Adams Papers).

1Not found.

2On Tufts’ purchases, see Tufts to JA, 26 Nov. 1784, note 2, above. The same letter discusses raising the roof of JA’s Boston house.

3The farm of Thomas(?) Alleyne (see AA to Tufts, 3 Jan., above; AA to Tufts, 8 March, below).

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