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To John Adams from Benjamin Lincoln, 20 September 1800

Boston Sepber: 20th: 1800—

My dear sir

The same reasons which prevented my having the honour of dining with you yesterday now exist, and deny me the pleasure of doing it to day—From the confidence I have that your wishes are that every officer should be at his post, when his duties as such manifestly require it I persuade my self that you will not charge me <with> with neglect in these instances.—

Believe me my dear sir in / Assurances that I am with the / highest consideration

your / Affectionate friend & most / Obedient servant—

B: Lincoln

P.S I return to Hingham by water—

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