Adams Papers

To John Adams from Elbridge Gerry, 30 June 1814

Cambridge 30th June 1814

My dear Sir,

The subject of this letter, is the celebration of the 4th of July at Lexington; a fete which I hope will be honored by your company. The crisis appears to require every measure for animating the friends of our Independence. In this quarter they are sensible of it, & are making every exertion for honoring the day. Your ideas on this subject, as communicated by accident, always struck my mind with force; & carried into effect would produce at this time a very salutary result <[. . .]>. The ladies of my family propose to attend, including Ms Gerry, if her health will permit; but of this I am doubtful, as she has been unwell since tuesday morning. I hope your Lady will be more fortunate, & be accompanied with the young ladies. In any event, You will consider my family as your own & enable us to accompany you to Lexington. The Judge & Ms Adams I flatter myself will be of the party. Accept with your Lady & family the most respectful & sincere regards of Ms Gerry & my own—& of your unfeigned friend

E. Gerry

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