From John Adams
Quincy [Massachusetts] October 29. 1798
I have received the Letter you did me the Honor to write me on the 20th and am glad to have had the opportunity of consenting to the Appointment of Officers who will do so much Credit in their Stations to the service as I believe Captain Church1 and Lieutenant Hamilton2 will do in theirs.
I have recd from Hauteval3 a Packet of Addresses, one of which is inclosed. I dont think them of consequence enough to Suppress them.
I have the Honor to be, Sir your most obedient & humble servant
General Alexander Hamilton
ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress; LC, Adams Family Papers, deposited in the Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston.
1. Philip Church.
2. Robert W. Hamilton.
3. Lucien Hauteval was the “Z” of the XYZ affair. See “The Stand No.V,” April 16, 1798, note 28. For these addresses, see Hauteval to Adams, 9 Fructidor an 6 (August 26, 1798) (ALS, RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters, 1789–1825, National Archives), which was enclosed in Adams to Pickering, October 28, 1798 (ALS, RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters, 1789–1825, National Archives).