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&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Friend Adams, how d’ye? Are you disposed to devote a few minutes to conversation with an old acquaintance? Has governor Johnstone sent you no letters . . . offered you no guineas. While you are answering these questions, if they are worth answering, tell me what more you would say if we were eating a saturday’s’ dinner at mrs. Yard’s, smoking a pipe in the political club at the Indian queen holding a tete a tete at my apartment opposite to Israel’s gardens – or rambling toward Kensington. In a word, anything, news, or what you please will be gratefully received.  Where is Ellery? I have not had a couplet from him since I left Philadelphia. You may show him the inclosed, but must not let any one know who so employs that time which he should spend better. My compliments to mr. Hancock, mr. Gerry, mr. Dana, and such of your colleagues, as I know. <br />
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[[File:WytheToSamuelAdams1August1778.jpg|right|thumb|200px|Letter from George Wythe to Samuel Adams, dated August 1, 1778. From [https://catalog.swem.wm.edu/law/Record/1127716 ''The Samuel Adams Papers, 1635-1826.'']]]
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==Letter text, 1 August 1778==
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===Page 1===
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Friend Adams, how d'y'? Are you disposed to devote a few minutes to conversation with an old acquaintance? Has governor Johnstone sent you no letters&mdash;offered you no guineas? Whilst you are answering these questions, if they be worth answering, tell me what more you would say if we were eating a saturday's dinner at mrs Yard's,<ref>Mrs. Sarah Yard, proprietor of a popular lodging house, opposite the City Tavern.</ref> smoking a pipe in the political club at the Indian queen<ref>The [http://teachingamericanhistory.org/static/convention/map/indianqueen.html Indian Queen Tavern,] Fourth and Chestnut/Market Streets, Philadelphia, where many of the Congressional delegates roomed or dined.</ref>&mdash;holding a tete' a tete' at my apartment opposite to Israels garden<ref>Clarke Hall, formerly owned by Israel Pendleton. Imogene E. Brown, ''American Aristides,'' Rutherford, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson Press, 1981), 111 and 123n22.</ref>&mdash;or rambling toward Kensington. In a word, any thing, news, or what you please will be gratefully received.  Where is [[wikipedia:William Ellery|Ellery]]? I have not had a couplet from him since I left Philadelphia. You may shew him the inclosed; but must not let any one know who so employs that time which he should spend better.
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My compliments to [[wikipedia:John Hancock|mr. Hancock]], [[wikipedia:Elbridge Gerry|mr. Gerry]], [[wikipedia:Francis Dana|mr. Dana]], and such of your colleagues, as I know.
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==See also==
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*[[Poems on Witty Subjects in Congress]]
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==References==
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Letter from George Wythe to Samuel Adams, dated August 1, 1778. From The Samuel Adams Papers, 1635-1826.
Addressing of letter.

Letter text, 1 August 1778

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Friend Adams, how d'y'? Are you disposed to devote a few minutes to conversation with an old acquaintance? Has governor Johnstone sent you no letters—offered you no guineas? Whilst you are answering these questions, if they be worth answering, tell me what more you would say if we were eating a saturday's dinner at mrs Yard's,[1] smoking a pipe in the political club at the Indian queen[2]—holding a tete' a tete' at my apartment opposite to Israels garden[3]—or rambling toward Kensington. In a word, any thing, news, or what you please will be gratefully received. Where is Ellery? I have not had a couplet from him since I left Philadelphia. You may shew him the inclosed; but must not let any one know who so employs that time which he should spend better.

G. W.
Williamsburg
1 Aug. 1778

My compliments to mr. Hancock, mr. Gerry, mr. Dana, and such of your colleagues, as I know.

See also

References

  1. Mrs. Sarah Yard, proprietor of a popular lodging house, opposite the City Tavern.
  2. The Indian Queen Tavern, Fourth and Chestnut/Market Streets, Philadelphia, where many of the Congressional delegates roomed or dined.
  3. Clarke Hall, formerly owned by Israel Pendleton. Imogene E. Brown, American Aristides, Rutherford, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson Press, 1981), 111 and 123n22.