Adams Papers

[Travel Expenses, September 1777.]
[from the Diary of John Adams]

[Travel Expenses, September 1777.] 1

pd. at Quaker Town  2 1/2 dollars.

pd. at Johnsons at Bethlehem  8 dollars

at Hartmans Reading  4 dollars

at Parkers  £4:18s:6d P.C.

1Fragmentary record of expenses, written on the last leaf of D/JA/28, during JA’s journey from Philadelphia to Lancaster via Trenton, Easton, Bethlehem, and Reading.

Congress sat in Lancaster for only one day, 27 Sept., adjourning on that day to meet at York on the 30th, and was able to proceed with business on 1 Oct. (JCC description begins Worthington C. Ford and others, eds., Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774–1789, Washington, 1904–1937; 34 vols. description ends , 8:755–756). Its place of meeting was the York co. courthouse (Robert Fortenbaugh, The Nine Capitals of the United States, York, Penna., 1948, p. 39). JA was at Lancaster by the 27th and at York by the 30th, where he stayed at the house of Gen. Daniel Roberdeau, a Pennsylvania delegate (JA to AA, 9 Oct., Adams Papers).

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