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John Adams to Samuel Adams

2 Sep. 1785

Mr Storer will be able to give you Information respecting many Things, and to him I refer you.

I think the Massachusetts ought to persevere in her Navigation Act; even although Great Britain Should retaliate upon her, and her alone; and even although She should not be followed by all, or even any of her Sister States. I think She must find her Advantage in it in the End, in all Events. it is one of those Measures which Secures its Benefits whatever may happen. She will become the principal Manufacturer of ships and the Principal Carrier if She is not imitated.

I think We shall have a long commercial Struggle. but Patience and Perseverance you know will carry Men through many Tryals.

Your affectionate Friend

John Adams

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