April 15, 1776



Congress resolves that New England colonies fortifying their ports should write and request General Washington to send a proper person to examine the ports.  A Congressional committee would do likewise for ports between New York and the Chesapeake Bay.

John Adams writes to Abigail about the Peace Commissions, which he finds to be illusionary.  “We are Waiting it is said for Commissioners, a Messiah that will never come.—This Story of Commissioners is as arrant an Illusion as ever was hatched in the Brain of an Enthusiast, a Politician, or a Maniac. I have laugh’d at it—scolded at it—griev’d at it—and I dont know but I may at an unguarded Moment have rip’d at it—but it is vain to Reason against such Delusions. I was very sorry to see in a Letter from the General that he had been bubbled with it, and still more to see in a Letter from my sagacious Friend W[arren] at Plymouth, that he was taken in too.  My Opinion is that the Commissioners and the Commission have been here (I mean in America) these two Months. The Governors, Mandamus Councillors, Collectors and Comptrollers, and Commanders of the Army and Navy, I conjecture compose the List and their Power is to receive Submissions. But We are not in a very submissive Mood. They will get no Advantage of Us.”

Join us for Philadelphia’s Best historical walking tours at Bow Tie Tours and see where John Adams lived, where he argued on behalf of independence, and where he was inaugurated as the second president of the United States.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s