Adams Papers

To John Adams from William Bentley, 19 July 1819

Salem. 19. July 1819


After I sent my reply to Mr Marston, I received your affectionate Letter of July 15. I am persuaded your indulgent opinion has given my young friend more pleasure, than all the applause of his audience. He has not a friend, who has not seen the extract I gave him.

In regard to the North Carolina declaration we have been as much surprised, as any persons who have read it. We searched general & particular historians in vain. We have a train of enquiries, of which we will communicate the result. It must have been known when the declaration of Independence in 1776 was written. I have added, Sir, four copies of the paper which contain it, bearing date June 5, & it is an ample reward for every care to collect them, that they will be received by him who was pleased to direct the search for them. Like my young friend I [feel] riches in the degree of your favor, <[. . .]> than in all learned or public honours. I am with the greatest respect / of your public & private character, / your devoted Servant,

William Bentley.

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