Samuel Adams ALS, 1777

Adams, Samuel (1722-1803). American Founding Father who helped organize the Boston Tea Party and signed the Declaration of Independence. ALS, 1p, 7.5 x 9.5 in., Boston. December 15, 1777. To Elbridge Gerry, another signer and representative from Massachusetts.

This very circumspect note to Mr. Gerry: I have time only to inclose a copy of a Resolution of the General Assembly for the government of their Delegates in congress, which I judge necessary to be communicated to Congress before the ____? ration of the present year. I have therefore sent this single copy by this Post. Other copies will be sent by the next.

Besides being political compatriots, Elbridge Gerry (1744-1814) was appointed to a committee charged with procurement of domestic products for the army in September of 1776, the counterpart of Robert Morris, who procured items primarily from foreign markets. Not only food was involved, but also clothing, arms and ammunition, and anything else the Continental Army might need (such as feed for animals). In late December Gerry was appointed to a committee along with Jonathan Bayard Smith and John Witherspoon to consider the wants of the army and how Congress and the Commander of the army might address them.

Gerry and Adams both were accused of being part of the cabal ("Conway cabal") that tried to remove Washington from the head of the army because of dissatisfaction with his performance during the campaigns of 1777. Both men denied the accusation, Gerry even taking to task Thomas Mifflin, one who openly criticized Washington.

It is unclear what the referents are here. The General Assembly of Massachusetts passed a number of Resolutions in late 1777. One related to equipping the army, which could have been the one Adams enclosed with this cover, since Gerry was serving on committees whose task was to supply the troops.


Folds as expected. Small chip from left edge. Verso with remains of mounting strip along this same border. Overall very good.

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