2. The letter was from Richard Cranch of 26 April
Adams Family Correspondence
, 3: 325–329). The extract sent to Vergennes probably included the fourth and possibly a portion of the fifth paragraphs of the letter. Both referred to the bill adopted by both houses of the Massachusetts legislature, but not yet enacted, to adhere to the provisions of Congress' resolution of 18 March that revalued its currency. For the bill as enacted on 5 May, see Mass., Province Laws
, 5:1202–1231. The enclosed newspaper could have been either the Boston Independent Ledger
or the Boston Gazette
of 24 April, both of which reported the death, referred to in Cranch's letter, of his nephew, Nathaniel Cranch, on 19 April.
JA also wrote to Vergennes on 25 June and enclosed copies of a similar law adopted by Connecticut and an estimate of the curren•
cy's depreciation received from John Trumbull, the painter and son of Gov. Jonathan Trumbull of Connecticut, who had just arrived at Paris (Arch. Aff. Etr., Paris, Corr. Pol.
, E.-U., vol. 12). For the Connecticut law, see Conn., Public Records of the State of Connecticut
, 9 vols., Hartford, 1894–1953, 2:516– 521.