Adams Papers

To John Adams from James Wilkinson, 12 September 1804

Frederick Town Maryland September 12th. 04


During a Conversation which I had the Honor to hold with you, soon after your Inauguration in the Year 1797., I mentioned the circumstance of our little army being at that period, without an Established Uniform for the officers; you expressed surprise at the irregularity of the Fact, & to remedy the defect, directed me to make the necessary regulations.—

I think it probable that an incident so trivial in its nature, could have left no impression on your mind, but should it be otherwise & you can recollect the circumstance, I shall consider myself sensibly Obliged, would you have the goodness to Honor me with a Line of acknowledgement in answer to this; as my Authority on this point has been questioned, in a shape which cannot injure me, but may deeply affect the subordination & discipline of our feeble force.

With the most warm & respectful Attachment, / I have the Honor to be / Sir / your Obliged & obedient Servant

Ja: Wilkinson

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