Adams Papers

To John Adams from Samuel Dexter, 3 December 1800

Decr. 3d. 1800


Finding neither you nor Mr. Shaw, I take the liberty of enclosing for your consideration a letter from Gen. Wilkinson & another from the united brethren. Perhaps the legislature ought to originate the business referred to by the General; I mean it would be better policy perhaps, tho’ existing laws are I think already sufficient. I see no objection to the charitable views of the united brethren.

You once honored me by asking my opinion as to a secretary of War. Mr. Paine of Vermont would make a very able & attentive one, or any thing else, except a dancing master.

I have the honor to be with / great esteem & affection, Sir, / Your very hb. servt.

Saml. Dexter

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