The Writings of Samuel Adams - Volume 4 eBook

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and shall not trouble you further upon that, than just to remark that his insinuating that Mr W L2 still remains an Alderman of the City of London, because his Name is inserted in that List in the Court Kallendar of 78 discovers something more than Childishness and Folly.  His design seems to be at once to prejudice the Reputation of that Gentleman in the Minds of his Countrymen and to hold up the Appearance of glaring Impropriety of Conduct in Congress, in appointing the Alderman of London an American Commissioner; and that this was done through the undue Influence of family Connections; for he takes particular Care to inform his Readers, that the two Brothers in Europe have two Brothers in Congress which cannot be denied.  Neither can it be denied, that they are a Family, who have been as early, as uniform, as persevering and as able Patriots as perhaps any in the United States.  Mr A L, you are fully sensible was most indefatigable in supporting our Cause in England.  By penetrating into the Designs of a most unprincipled Court, he was able to give us the most timely and important Intelligence, which he did at the Risque of his Life; while Mr D was, in the Opinion of some of his own Countrymen as well as others, of a doubtful political Character.  Mr Lee continued to transmit to our Friends in France as well as to Congress before he left England, the most accurate Accounts of things there.  Such was the opinion entertaind by Congress of his Abilities his Integrity, his Zeal and Attachment to his Country which indeed had been long experiencd, that he was employd as a most useful & necessary Man.  The vigilant Eye of so consistent a Patriot, may be formidable to a Combination of political & Commercial Men, who may be aiming to get the Trade, the Wealth, the Power and the Government of America into their own Hands.  He must therefore be hunted down; and the young as well as the old Hounds are all ready for the Game.


1 Ralph Izard.  Cf.  Wharton, Revolutionary Diplomatic Correspondence, Vol.  I , p. 589.

2 William Lee.  Cf.., Ibid., p. 586.

To Samuel Cooper.

[Ms., Samuel Adams Papers, Lenox Library.]

Jany 6 -79


I wrote to you on the 3d Inst by Express and then promisd to write again by the first good Opportunity.  The Bearer of this Letter is a young Gentleman of your Country who is passing thro this place in his way home.  He appears sensible, tells me he was educated at H. College, has since studied Physick, was taken at Sea & carried into England, was liberated or made his Escape & went over to France, from Paris he went to Dunkirk on the Encouragement of Mr Dean & enterd Surgeon on board the Revenge Sloop, built by order of a Come of Congress authorizd thereto & at the Continental Expense, and till lately supposd to have ever since remaind Continental Property, but now so invelopd in political Commercial Mystery as that it cannot be ascertaind whether she is ownd by the United States or private Persons, or whether she is the property partly publick & private.  I will tell you more of this Matter when the Mystery shall be unraveld if it ever is; in the mean time remember my dear Sir what I said in my last of commercial Combinations.

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