From Samuel Cooper
ALS: Henry E. Huntington Library
Boston N.E., 28th. March 1777.
My dear Sir,
If this Line ever reaches you, it will be deliverd by Mr. Joseph Hixon, a Gentleman born in Montserrat, and whose Estate lies in that Island. Bound from thence on Business to London, by the Way of Corke, He was taken by an American Ship of War and brought to this Port in October last. I need not mention the Opinion I have entertain’d of his Probity and Worth, when I acquaint you that I have given my Daughter and only Child to him in Marriage. He does not mean to go to France, but should he be cast there in these tempestuous Times, your Advice and Countenance where he may need them will particularly oblige me.6 Wishing you Health and good Things, I am with the greatest Regard Your obedient humble Servant
The Honle: Benjn. Franklin Esqr.
6. Hixon (d. 1801), a prosperous merchant and slaveholder, returned to Montserrat soon after marrying in January Abigail Cooper, Samuel’s surviving child (Judith Cooper Johonnot had died). He was a sot, according to Abigail Adams, and was soon discovered to have a dark-skinned “wife” and five children at home. Butterfield, Adams Correspondence, II, 202.