Adams Papers

To John Adams from Horatio Gates Spafford, 28 October 1824

Troy, N. Y., 10 Mo. 28, 1824.

Esteemed Friend—

This ‘Baby’ of mine, the little Book sent herewith, is truly a very small Book; but thou wilt consider it a portal to a vast edifice, & as I ask thy acceptance of it, made small as it is, as a mark of my most sincere regard.

Thou wilt see, by this, what a new & vast field the enterprize of New York is opening to public view: these Canals, minutely traced, 420 odd miles in length, are new features, for which, think of it as thou may, [so] are principally, & almost exclusively indebted to the Statesmanlike talents of DeWitt Clinton. What a pity it is, that our really great men are the most calumniated: Adams & Clinton, should regard each other as brothers. I know that Clinton is a friend to thee & thy Son, & am very confident that the People will make him our next Governor.

How dost thou like my Gazetteer? Very respectfully, thy friend,

H. G. Spafford.

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