John Adams letter to Abigail Adams, 23 March 1777

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Philadelphia, 23 March, 1777.

" A PLOT, a plot ! a horrid plot ! Mr. A.," says my barber, this morning. " It must be a plot, first, because there is British gold in it ; second, because there is a woman in it ; third, because there is a Jew in it ; fourth, because I Don't know what to make of it" The barber means that a villain was taken up and examined yesterday, who appears, by his own confession, to have been employed, by Lord Howe and Jo. Galloway, to procure pilots to conduct the fleet up Delaware river and through the Chevaux de Frise. His confidant was a woman, who is said to be kept by a Jew. The fellow and the woman will suffer for their wickedness.

Author:
John Adams

Source:
Letters of John Adams, Addressed to His Wife. Edited by His Grandson, Charles Francis Adams, Volume I, 1841