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From John Adams to William Stephens Smith, 25 July 1800

Quincy July 25th 1800

Dear Sir

I received last night your favor of the 18 & congratulate you on the receipt of your commission. You will do well to make a digest of the laws of the revenue, remembering Lord Cokes opinion, that abridgments are most useful to the makers of them. I have great relyance on your vigilance, activity & fidelity in the service. I know not whether your office corresponds with the Secretary of the Treasury. If it does, it is of importance to give him satisfaction. Your family is all here & make us very happy.

I am affectionately

MHi: Adams Family Papers, Letterbooks.

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