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I received but a few days ago your kind letter of the 30th of October. I was much gratified to receive a line from a kinsman whom I have always esteemed. I rejoice in your prosperity and wish you much comfort to the end of life. I knew it must be impossible for you not to take an interest in the cause and honor of your country, brought so unjustly to a tryal by our late-friends the French. As...
I have received your favor of the 15th. Our kinsman must apply to the Senators & Representatives of his own State for recommendations. You know it is impossible for me to appoint my own relations to any thing without drawing forth a torrent of obloquy. If I were to nominate him without previous recommendations from the Senators & Representatives from your State, the Senate would probably...