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Your Letter of the 26th. ulto. with one from President Kirkland enclosed in it, and your answer were received yesterday—I suppose the genealogical narrative in your Letter, contains all the information that he may desire—It comprizes as much of the family history as we have to tell for a century preceding the birth of your father—The short and simple annals of the poor—If I had leisure, I...
I should like to subjoin in a note to the discourse I delivered on your father—the genealogical notices which are proper relating to your father & mother.— I quoted your father’s diary or memorandum upon the visit of Messrs Gridley & Otis—late in 1765 when he was asked to join them in resisting the stamped paper.—If this document be at your house & not in the bank, I should like when I call to...
This morning I did See in a N.Y. paper—the announced death of your Revered Father—my beloved and respected Frend—during more than forty years—alas! He is no more—I am nearly left alone—and fostered—in vain—the hope, that I Should See Him once more! You with your Dear Lady and family enjoy’d this happiness, and rendered Him by your unrelenting attentions—in his last moments—thankful to His God....
I have received, with deep sympathy of feeling, the melancholly intelligence of the decease of your venerated Father, and beg to offer my sincere condolences to the afflicted family on this mournful occasion—Full of years, rich in all the honors which virtue and patriotism can deserve, and a grateful country should bestow, Secure of a precious remembrance by Posterity, to the latest generation...
Your Letter of this Morning, announcing the death of your venerable Father, was just now delivered to me. I beg leave to offer to you, & to the family, my most sincere sympathy & condolence on this mournful occasion. Frankly to your request I will do myself the honour to assist, as a Pallbearer, in the funeral obsequies to be performed on Friday Evening next. With great respect, I am, / Sir, /...
I have received your Letter of the 17th. with deep concern at the purport of its contents—I will endeavour towards the close of the next, or the beginning of then succeeding month to visit you and our ever honoured Parent—In the mean time should any thing further occur to make it necessary for me still more to anticipate the period of my journey, I rely upon your attention and affection to...
In compliance with your letters of 2d and 23d ulto. I have executed a deed of my share of Land in Salem Vermont, which as soon as I can get it acknowledged, I will forward to Mr Baxter at Brownington I am not certain whether you intended to advise that I should buy out the rights of the heirs of Norton Quincy to the Wood Lot which you mention. If you do I shall readily consent to the purchase;...
I wish you would have the goodness to speak to your Brother concerning my tending the Light on Owlshead in Thomaston as it is near don & as I live near By & can tend it cheaper than any other Person if you will attend to this you will, Obb / Yours With Respect. NB if your Brother is not at Quincy I wish you would Wright him MHi : Adams Papers.
I have received your kind Letter of congratulation with the very appropriate passage from Machiavel’s an author, with whose works I have never been familiar, and whose reputation as a political writer is problematical—The Sentiment which you have quoted from him is perhaps correct in its first part—certainly in its second. The congratulations of all my friends are entitled to my gratitude....
I have been so much gratified by the mail of to day as to induce me to continue the mail as far as Quincy. I was somewhat prepared for this recount—its conformation from such a source is truely gratifying. With my best respects to your father You will with the return of the letter have the goodness to let me know how he is. Yrs MHi : Adams Papers.