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From John Adams to Timothy Pickering, 17 May 1799

Quincy May 17th 1799


I last night received your favor of the 10th: Mr Liston’s note of the 8th was not inclosed as you intended. Mr. Barclay I know & his Exequator will be ready. Mr. Moodie I know not, nor do I know or suspect any objection to him.

I thank you for the account of the tryal of Fries, which if it was attended to by as numerous a concourse of people in Philadelphia, as it would have been in some other parts of the US, must have made a deep <impression> & lasting & extensive impression on the public mind.

The issue of this investigation has opened a train of very serious contemplations to me, which will require the closest attention of my best understanding, & will prove a severe trial to my heart. The motives de Guerres &c are received

I have the honor to be Sir &c

MHi: Adams Family Papers, Letterbooks.

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