Adams Papers

To John Adams from David Payson, 15 October 1798

Wiscasset County of Lincoln at a Regimental review 15 Octr 1798—


Although possibly the last to declare, yet be assured, that we the Second Regiment, in first Brigade & eighth Division of the Militia of Massachusetts, & the Companies of Cavalry & Artilery Commanded by Silas Lee & David Silvester, will not be the last, to prove our attachment to our Country, & happy Government: if to Strengthen the hands <of the hand> of the Supreme Executive, by declaring our utmost Confidence in his Integrity, firmness, & Ability, & our Cordial approbation of his Conduct; if a declaration of our abhorrence, of the Corruption, & venality of a Nation, who legislatively Set at Nought God, & his holy religion, as well as every principle of honesty justice, or even common decency; if a resentment for the Insults offered our Messengers of peace, or for a Case & perfidious Attempt, to disunite & alienate our Citizens, from our Government; if, finally, a readiness to unsheath our Swords, to support our Constituted Authorities, to check & bring to condign punishment disorganizing faction, and french or foreign influence at home, or to avenge our injured Country & plundered Citizens from abroad; if these are to be admitted as evidence of the fact, we the field Officers of the Regiment aforementioned, & the Commanding officers of the Several Companies thereof, & of the Cavalry & Artilery aforesaid, Subscribing for themselves & in behalf of their Companies at the unanimous request of the same, do here tender you the proof—And when the Welfare, National honor, & Independence of our Country, require our More Active Service, to oppose domestick faction, foreign rapacity, or invasion, we request you to call us forth, & we hereby proffer & pledge ourselves, at the risk of our lives & property—our all that’s dear, Most cheerfully to obey—

David Payson Lt. Collo Comdt:

Willm: Cunningham 1 Major

Willem Levey— 2 Major

Silas Lee

David Silvester

Paul Danford

Abner [Waide]

Joseph Reed—

[Ephrasm.] Allery

Samuel Averell

Charles Chase—

Ebenr. Smith

Daniel Webster

Saml: Goodwin

Josiah Parsons

MHi: Adams Papers.

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