Adams Papers

To John Adams from Charles Thomson, 17 March 1795

Harriton March 17. 1795


The day after receiving your favour of the 20 Feby I wrote the enclosed answer. But as my mind has been so long withdrawn from the occurrences in Congress and so wholly bent on a different object, I was not in haste to send it until I refreshed my mind by looking over the journals. After all the search I have made and the recollection I am master of I see no reason to alter it.

I have now the pleasure to inform you that I have at length compleated The Translation of what is commonly called the Old testament from the Septuagint version. Since withdrawing from publick affairs I have gone over it three times, as if I was making a new translation availing myself of my former attempts only as helps. In the last which I have just finished, I have so far satisfied myself that I believe I shall here rest. It has been a work of labour but it had amply rewarded me by the satisfaction & pleasure it has given me.

I have gone over The New Testament now in the same manner but have not yet satisfied myself. Whether I shall live to compleat it is uncertain. But I think it is high time that we had another translation of that invaluable book. Mrs. Thomson joins me in best wishes for the health and happiness both of you & Mrs. Adams

I have the honour to be / sr / Your obedt humble servt

Chas Thomson

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