Adams Papers

From John Adams to John Davis, 21 April 1800

Philadelphia April 21 1800


I have received your favor of the 12th of this month, accompanying your eulogy of Gen. G. Washington, before the American Academy of Arts & sciences at Boston 6th Feb.

I thank you, Sir, for the very acceptable present of a copy of it, & I regret that I could not have the high pleasure of hearing it, with the society, as one of their members

It is without affectation—in a strain of allusions to science and learning, highly becoming the orator and audience. I ought not perhaps to omit to remark, an eulogium of five lines at the conclusion, which I could not read without trembling with fear, that it had not been merited

I am Sir with undissembled esteem your humble servant

MHi: Adams Family Papers, Letterbooks.

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