did not say so and although
in his reply of 11 Aug.
, below, did not indicate that he knew who was meant, the victim of the ladies' resentful
action was Thomas Boylston, a Boston merchant who was rich, miserly, a bachelor, and
first cousin to
's mother; see Adams Genealogy. On 25 July 1777 John Scollay, a Boston selectman,
wrote his friend Samuel Phillips Savage: