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From John Adams to James Madison, 14 March 1813


Quincy March 14. 1813

Dear Sir

The Reverend, Mr Henry Colman of Hingham, my Neighbour and Acquaintance has a Brother, as I am informed, who wishes to be considered as a Candidate, for a Commission in the Army. As the Brother is unknown to me, I can Say nothing of his Pretensions. But I can Say of the Minister, that in point of Taste and Sense he is fit for a Companion of a Jefferson and a Madison, and in point of Learning and Integrity worthy to be a Disciple of a Barrow and a Butler. I have no hesitation then, in Saying, that the Government may Safely repose, entire confidence in the Candor and Correctness of whatever Representations Mr Coleman may make, relative to his Brother. Let me add that in the present disagreable State of Things, it seems to me of much importance that Attention Should be given to such Characters, that this disaffected Part of the Nation may be gradually reconciled to a cordial Participation in this righteous and indispensible War. I have written to the Secretary at War, upon this Subject: but I am not informed what Commission Mr Colman Solicits. I have the honor to be, Sir your most obedient Servant

John Adams

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