Adams Papers

From John Adams to Benjamin Stoddert, 3 July 1799

Quincy July 3d 1799


Inclosed is a letter from the president & professor of divinity of our university recommending William Frothingham to be a chaplain on board of some frigate. I know not whether the commanders of our ships have given much attention to this subject—but in my humble opinion we shall be very unskillful politicians as well as bad christians & unwise men if we neglect this important office in our infant navy.

MHi: Adams Family Papers, Letterbooks.

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