From Edward Hill
ante 19 July 1774
This may serve to apologize for so ungenteel a piece of Conduct as the carrying away a Sum of Money (£ 13.8—lawful) which I have received in your behalf. Nothing but absolute necessity could have forced me to do it but as I am leaving my friend you will not wonder that I wanted money which could not otherwise be procured. I have stated the matter in a letter I left for my father.
I am with much respect, your most Obed Servt.,
RC (Adams Papers); addressed: “To John Adams Esqr”; endorsed at the foot of the letter in John Trumbull’s hand: “July 19 1774. This Letter was found in Mr. Adams’ Office. Pr John Trumbull”; endorsed on verso in JA’s hand: “July, 1774.”
1. Hill was one of JA’s law clerks, 1772–1775. For biographical sketch, see JA, Legal Papers description begins Legal Papers of John Adams, ed. L. Kinvin Wroth and Hiller B. Zobel, Cambridge, 1965; 3 vols. description ends , 1:ci. For John Trumbull, see same, 1:cxii. This incident seems not to have had any lasting effect upon the relationship between JA and Hill. See entries for 29 July and 8 Aug. 1774, below.