11-02-2003 11-02-2003
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November 2, 2003 11:00 AMCalender

Adams, John (1735-1826)

Auction: Sale #2218 - 2218 Location: Boston Date / Time: November 02, 2003 11:00AM


Adams, John (1735-1826), Autograph Letter signed, Quincy, February 23rd, 1814, two pages with holograph address panel with free frank, to Mr. William Adams, a poignant letter thanking William for a sample of wheat and discussing the genealogy of the Adams family and in what manner the two could be related, including comments related to the deaths of his son Charles and grandchild, (some browing and bleed through, fold weakness). Text in full: Quincy February 23, 1814 / Sir, My late neighbor, Mr. Caleb Hayden has presented me in your name some handsome wheat of the growth of your Estate and of a peculiar species, reputed to be less susceptible of Blast than any other as yet tried in this country. / I hold myself under much obligation to you, sir, for this kind attention and pray you to accept my best thanks. If I live, I shall cultivate this wheat my way of experiment, according to the best of my knowledge but have very little confidence in any skill in this Neighborh'd in this kind of tillage. / How is it that Quincy and Chelmsford should be rivals? We thought ourselves possessed of the richest granite in the country till you "drove us out of date." But enough of this. / As I claim a relation of Consanguinity to you, though it must be somewhat remote I should be glad to be informed of its degree. My father was John Adams, who died in 1761, his Father was Joseph Adams who died in 1737, his Grandfather was Joseph Adams who died at advanced age about 1680, his great Grandfather was Henry Adams who came from England with eight sons, one of whom returned to England, two of whom went to Chelmsford, four of whom went to Medfield, and Joseph the eldest alone remained with his Father in Quincy then called Mount Wollaston. I, the fifth generation am soon to be buried with the four that preceded me, in this Town where I have already buried the sixth and seventh generation before me. / Will you be so good as to inform me whether there are any records of your Town, Precinct, Parish or Church, or any Family Deeds, Wills, Contracts or traditions by which it can be ascertained. What were the names of the two brothers who went from Mount Wollaston or Braintree to Chelmsford, who built the first Church and the first Mills in that Town, and the date of the erection of those Buildings? / Seventy Eight years are too great an age for Travel. Otherwise I would make you a visit. You are young enough to travel with ease and pleasure. I should be happy to receive a visit from you, and talk over all we know of Family Antiquities. I am, Sir, very respectfully your relation and obliged humble servant - John Adams.
Estimate $10,000-15,000


John Adams, William Adams, Charles, Joseph Adams, Caleb Hayden, Mount Wollaston, United Kingdom, Medfield, Henry Adams