Adams Papers

John Adams to Abigail Adams, 10 May 1777

John Adams to Abigail Adams

Philadelphia May 10 [1777]

We have at last accomplished a troublesome Piece of Business. We have chosen a Number of additional Ambassadors. Mr. Ralph Izzard of S. Carolina, a Gentleman of large Fortune, for the Court of the Grand Duke of Tuscany, and Mr. William Lee, formerly Alderman of London, for the Courts of Vienna and Berlin.1

LbC (Adams Papers). There is no indication that this letter was sent or received. JA perhaps meant to add to it, but did not, and then did not copy and send it. Or perhaps he thought he had included this paragraph in the letter he did send this day, preceding.

1Izard was appointed on 7 May, and Lee on 9 May (JCC description begins Worthington C. Ford and others, eds., Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774–1789, Washington, 1904–1937; 34 vols. description ends , 7:334, 343).

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