Thursday, February 16, 2012

Adams on Charles Carroll

From Philadelphia, John Adams wrote on February 18, 1776 to fellow-New Englander James Warren about Charles Carroll of Carrollton.  Explaining that Carroll was an important addition to a committee visiting Canada, Adams wrote, "I was first introduced to him, about Eight Months ago...and was much please with his Conversation.  He has a Fortune, as I am well informed, which is computed to be worth Two hundred Thousand Pounds Sterling.  He is a Native of Maryland, and his Father is still living.  He had a liberal Education in France, and is well acquainted with the French Nation. He Speaks their Language as easily as ours--and what is perhaps of more Consequence than all the rest, he was educated in the Roman Catholic Religion, and still continues to worship his Maker according to the Rites of that Church."

Paul H. Smith, et al., editors, Letters of Delegates to Congress: Vol. 3: January 1,1776-May 15, 1776 (Washington, D.C.: Library of COngress, 1978), 275.
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