Adams Papers

From Abigail Smith Adams to Thomas Boylston Adams, 8 September 1799

Quincy Sepbr 8th 1799

My dear Thomas

I write you a line for the Sake of inclosing to you Russels paper, which contains the most exceptionable part of Coopers address—Mr G——r had it when I wrote you last. Truxtons Letter also appears. It is true that the Heads of departments were of Truxtons opinion, accordingly Talbots commission was made out and forwarded. But the papers which throw light upon the whole were not sent at the Time, or seen by the President Talbot accordingly with a very handsome modest Letter returnd his Commission to the President. The president then required the papers together with his original commission—these being laid before him [he] forced from Talbot a recital of the Services performd during the last war all of which I sent you, except a certificate which he was too modest to send, of General Gates to him after due delibration. Without favour or affection, the president determined as he thought consistant with Justice and equity, and Stoddart declared he was perfectly satisfied—It seems Genll. Hamilton had been consulted by the Heads of Departments upon the Subject, tho this was not known to the P. untill after his own determination, and his opinion was the Same as the P’s—You must not hint from whence you derive any information which I give you. I have done it that you might be able to throw some light upon the Subject if you should hear the Subject debated. Truxtons Friends no doubt will think he has been ill used—and if he feels it so, I cannot but regret that he does as he is a brave man, but vain. I believe He has no pretentions from former services—Yours affectionatly


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