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This letter is intended to go by my friend Mr. William Barrell, whom I believe you have seen in Boston. If he calls at our house you will please to receive him complaisantly, and thank him for your present of pins. I have been treated by him with great civility, both at this, and the former Congress.
This day I have heard my parish priest, Mr. Duffield, This gentleman never fails to adapt his discourse to the times. He pressed upon his audience the necessity of piety and virtue in the present times of adversity, and held up to their view the army before Boston, as an example. He understood, he said, that the voice of the swearer was scarcely heard ; that the Sabbath was well observed, and all immoralities discountenanced. No doubt there were vicious individuals, but the general character was good. I hope this good man's information is true, and that this will become more and more the true character of that camp. You may well suppose that this language was exceedingly pleasing to me.
We have nothing new, but the arrival of some powder. Three little vessels have certainly arrived, making about ten tons in the whole, and four or five tons have arrived from South Carolina. A supply, I think now we shall certainly obtain. Congress have taken measures for this end, which I hope to hare the pleasure of explaining to you, in person, within a few days, as Congress have determined to adjourn to some time I in September. I could not vote for this myself, be cause I thought it might be necessary to keep together ; but I could not blame those who did, for really we have been all so assiduous in business, in this exhausting, debilitating climate, that our lives are more exposed than they would be in camp. Love to the children.
- John Adams
- Letters of John Adams, Addressed to His Wife. Edited by His Grandson, Charles Francis Adams, Volume I, 1841