John Adams to Richard Cranch
London April 15. 1786
My dear Brother
Can you give me any Information concerning the Persons named in the inclosed Paper?1
Mr Jenkinson, I presume, has, by his late Motions in Parliament, all of which are carried without opposition, convinced the People of America, that they have nothing but a ruinous Commerce to expect with England.
Our Crisis is at hand, and if the states do not hang together, they might as well have been “hanged Seperate,” according to Dick Penns bon Mot in 1784.2 Your Brother
RC (NN: John Adams Papers); endorsed: “Letter from his Excelly. John Adams Esqr Apl 15th. 1786 Wth. Memo. about Enquirey for Messrs. MacAuliffs”; notation: “Mem: To Enquire of Mr. Bowers at Little Cambridge.”
1. Not found.
2. JA’s 1784 date for Richard Penn’s response to this saying, commonly attributed to Benjamin Franklin at the signing of the Declaration of Independence, is either a mistake or its meaning to JA and Cranch is not evident.