Adams Papers

To John Adams from John Bowring, 27 February 1788

Exeter 27 Feby. 1788

Sir

Seeing in the Gazette of Saturday last that you had taken leave of his Majesty, & presuming you are soon about to return to America, I should feel myself wanting in gratitude was I not to avail myself of an opportunity before your departure of expressing the obligations I was lain under by the distinguished respect I received when you visited this part of the Country, very heartily Sir do I now return Thanks to you, Mrs. Adams, & Mr. Smith for your condescending Visit. I heartily wish you a safe pleasant & prosperous Voyage, and happy meeting of the other dear parts of your Family & Friends in America, that you may find your Country in perfect tranquility & its Liberty’s both Civil & Religious settled on an immoveable Basis is my more than most hearty Wish.

It gives one much concern to inform you that Mr. Andrew Cranch died 16 Decr. last, & that I am this moment informed of the death of Mr. William Cranch at Brook near Kingsbridge. If the great concerns you are engaged in before you leave this County will give you a few moments leisure to favor me with a line in reply I cannot express how much honor & pleasure it will afford to Sir, your most respectful & Obliged humble Servant

John Bowring

PS. Please to present all my Family’s most tender & affectionate Regards to all our dear American Relatives & friends, & inform Mr. R. Cranch I have been long in expectation of hearing from him, to whom I wish every consolation he may want when he is acquainted with the awful bereavements of his poor antient Brothers.

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