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To John Adams from Timothy Pickering, 19 September 1796

Philadelphia Septr. 19. 1796.

Dear Sir,

The President set out early this morning for Mount Vernon; and soon after, his address to the people of the United States appeared in Claypoole’s news-paper. Of this public declaration, that he will not be a candidate for the office of President, at the ensuing election, I supposed it would be grateful to you to receive the earliest advice. The sentiments he has expressed on the occasion may be imagined to be interesting: The news-paper is inclosed.

With sincere respect & esteem / I am, dear sir, / your obt. servant

T. Pickering

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