My dear Sir

Your several Letters dated as in the Margin,1 with the Inclosures came to my Hand. And although I have not hitherto
acknowledged to you the Receipt of them, I assure you I have been and am still improving the Intelligence you have given me, to the best of my Power, for the Advantage of this Country. From our former Correspondence you have known my Sentiments. I have not alterd them in a Single Point, either with Regard to the great Cause we are engagd in or to you who have been an early, vigilant & active Supporter of it. While you honor me with your Confidential Letters, I feel and will freely express to you my Obligation. To have answerd them severally would have led me to Subjects of great Delicacy, and the Miscarriage of my Letters might have provd detrimental to our important Affairs. It was needless for me to run this Risque for the sake of writing; for I presume you have been made fully acquainted with the State of our publick Affairs by the Committee, and as I have constantly communicated
to your Brother R. H. the Contents of your Letters to me, it was sufficient on that Score, for him only to write, for he thinks as I do.

The Marquis De la Fayette, who does me the Honor to take this Letter, is this Moment going, which leaves me Time only to add that I am and will be your Friend, because I know you love our Country and Mankind.

I beg you to write to me by every opportunity.

Adieu my dear Sir,

S. Adams2

File copy, Adams Papers, New York Public Library.

1 Adams wrote the following dates in the margin: “July 31, 77, Oct 4, Nov 11, Dec 18, Dec 19, Jan 2, 9, Feb 8, 16, Mar 1, Apl 1, 16.”

Lee’s letters of 4 October and 18 December 1777, and 2 January, 16 February, and 1 and 16 April 1778, are in the Samuel Adams Papers, NN, as are letters of 30 October and 25 November 1777. His 1 March 1778, letter is in Richard H. Lee, Life of Arthur Lee, LL.D., 2 vols. (Boston: Wells and Lilly, 1829), 2:138 – 9, as are ones of November, 1777, and 28 February 1778, ibid., pp. 119 – 21, 137 – 38. A transcript of his 19 December 1777, letter is in PCC, item 102, 2:30. His letter of 31 July 1777, has not been found.

2 The draft of the following 26 October letter, which Adams wrote to an unknown recipient, is in the Samuel Adams Papers, NN.

“Mr Duncan yesterday brought me your very affectionate Letter of the Instant. I rejoyce that you have recoverd your usual State of Health and that my Family enjoy that inestimable Blessing.

“Is it possible that M could make & propagate so formal, so barefaced a Story as you mention? Are you not misinformd? I lose every Sentiment of Regard for him as a Man of Truth. I have heard that my Enmity to G.W. was objected agt me on a late Occasion. I did not wonder that those who believd it were displeasd with me. My very worthy Friend & colleague Mr D satisfied the Minds of those who meant well and explaind some things relating to Mr which were new & surprising to them. I console myself that those who try to injure me (I must not call them Enemies) are obligd to fabricate malicious Falsehoods for their purpose.

“Tell my Friend Mr S. that I will answer his Letter the next post. In the meantime ask him whether a Christian is bound to confide in the Man who has attempted seven times (though in vain) to ruin him.”