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I have recd your favour of the 21, inclosing my Letter to Dr James Rush of April 30th. If you or Mr Clark could want any proof of the Utility, importance or necessity of The History of the Navy which you have published and propose to enlarge and improve it would be worth while to revise our American Historians for 1775. 1776. &c. Since I received your Book I have had the Curiosity to consult...
Inclosed is a sketch of the unfortunate enterprize against Penobscot in 1779. drawn by an eye witness. Mr Clarks materials for the modern History of the Navy are multiplying so fast and are so much more splendid than those of ancient date that I begin to be apprehensive he will not have room for all of the latter that ought to be preserved. There is the more reason for inserting these because...
The Parliamentary Manual, originally compiled for my own personal use, was printed on the supposition it might be of use to others, and have some tendency to settle the rules of proceeding in Congress , where, in the lower house especially they had got into forms totally unfriendly to a fair extrication of the will of the majority. no right over it was therefore wished to be retained over it...
Our old Commodores & Captains, are not so ardent for glory as they were 35 years ago. One of the bravest of them sends me word, that his wife has covered with his journal: but he will send me what he can recollect, as soon as he can prepare it, with proper deliberation. As soon as it comes I will enclose it to you. Commodore John Foster Williams, who at his advanced age still condescends to...
Your favour of the 6th. has given me much pleasure; had I lived with Dr Johnson I would have given him a guinea a piece his usual price for two sermons; one upon “Let your light shine before men” the other upon Let not your left hand know what your right hand performs.” They are perfectly reconciliable though it may be somewhat difficult in practice to comply with both precepts in sincerity....
I thank you for your Letter of the 14th. and printed half Sheets inclosed. I am Sorry there has been So much cause for the publication of the Olive Branch; but as I believe it will do good I have Subscribed for it. I am ashamed of the Vanity and Injustice of Some of our Preachers and Writers: and rejoice that the Events of the War have so completely confuted their Calumnies against the...
I recieve here (where I pass a good deal of my time) your favor of Oct. 22. covering a Prospectus of a new edition of your Olive branch : I subscribe to it with pleasure, because I believe it has done & will do much good, in holding up the mirror to both parties, and exhibiting to both their political errors. that I have had my share of them, I am not vain enough to doubt, and some indeed I...
I wish you to procure me a morsel of white marble eighteen or twenty inches square, and two or three inches thick and to engrave upon it the enclosed words and figures. It is to be inserted in a little monument of Quincy Granite that I have erected to my Father and Mother. If you will send it to me, Mr Trask will insert it in its proper place. I will pay your account on demand. Your humble...
I thank you for the reduction of the Price of the copies of the first Edition of the “Sketches” And I now thank for the two volumes of the Naval history. The arrangement is improved, and the same chaste simplicity is preserved. I cannot however but wish, that the elegant and masterly Biographia and the social Feasts might be preserved in some reputable collection. My reverend neighbour Dr....
Your letter of the 5th has distressed me; because it has made me apprehend that I expressed myself in mine to you of the 29th Ult. with too little caution. But be assured that I never had a suspicion that you were actuated by any mean, mercenary, or even mercantile motive in this business. You have not sent me one copy too many; You have deserved well of your Country, and will merit the thanks...
The sermon inclosed with your last of the 3d. instant is now returned. It is a strong proof of the baneful spirit for which your proposed plan is meant as an antidote. I wish not to diminish your laudable solicitude on the occasion, nor to question the powerful tendency of the resource which it has suggested to you. But I can not suppress my hope that the wicked project of destroying the Union...
I thank you for the copy of the Olive branch you have been so kind as to send me. many extracts from it which I had seen in the newspapers had excited a wish to procure it, but the effecting this had been prevented by the difficulty of making small or fractional remittances to Philadelphia and especially since the bank bills of the different states have ceased to be recievable in all others. a...
I have been highly gratified by your obliging letter recd Yesterday. You need not give yourself any concern about my Name in your future Edition. I desire no more than Neighboursfare. A memoir from me, would amount to little more, than the Soliloqui of the Fly upon the Chariot Wheel “What a Dust We raise”? And would excite many little Strong Passions, that we might injure rather than Serve the...
I have this day received from the Post Office, three copies of the sketches which with twelve received before amount to fifteen copies. I did not intend to exceed twenty copies, and when you arrive at that number I pray you to stop, I expected but one by a mail but you have sent two and oftener three. I have transmitted through my son Thomas Boylston Adams to his Friend Jonathan Jones Esqr a...
Though my Letter presented to you by Dr James Rush came too late to answer the purpose intended, you may retain it if you please, or return it to Dr James Rush, as you please. The appointment of the Son to succeed his Father, has my cordial Approbation. “The publication of the Naval History is a great Event.” I hope you will Send a number of the first Edition to Boston: and every other...
Th: Jefferson presents his compliments to m r Carey and his thanks for the copy of the 2 d edition of Clark’s Naval history which has come safely to hand. he is happy to find that mr Clark is continuing the work, and ensuring to us the preservation of the facts as they occur. he has recovered more of those of the Revolutionary war than had been deemed practicable. Th:J. salutes mr Carey with...
I was very unlucky indeed in being in time for so small a portion only of the books I had wished of D r Priestly ’s library. there was one in particular ( Benson ’s Saxon Vocabulary) I would rather have given double price for than have missed. the amount of the 3. vols on their way to me being 3.75 D I inclose you 4.D. in Virginia bank notes, which I understand pass with you. the difference of...
Last night Mr Marston gave me the inclosed Six Papers. The original Letter from Captain Hoisted Hacker to Brown and Vernon, I wish to have returned. These Papers are authentic. I have found no Man So active and ardent in promoting Your and Mr Clarks Views as John Marston; who has Spared no pains. The Captain Simpson mentioned in one of these Papers was I presume the First Lieutenant of Captain...
On Sunday last, Samuel Tucker Esquire of Bristol on the District of Maine, very unexpectedly made me a Visit.—I was delighted to see, once more, the Man, who in 1778 carried me Safely to Bourdeaux, through the Six and twenty misfortunes of Harlequin. He is Sixty five years of Age. He has retired upon a Farm and is a Representative in our State House of Representatives: but is more anxious at...
I have a great desire to read the olive branch of which you are the publisher and reputed author, I have in vain sought for it in Boston, it is not to be had there, will you do me the favour to send me the pamphlet, and the price, which shall be remitted you by— / your humble Servant PS send me all upon the subject. MHi : Adams Family Papers, Letterbooks.
I thank you for your favour of the 28th of June. I know your press of Business too well to need any Apology for delays of answers to my Letters. It is a great Satisfaction to me, that Mr Jefferson has interested himself in Mr Clarks Publication. His Memory, I presume can furnish many materials: and certainly no man is better qualified to suggest improvements of the Work. Jus suum cuique. I...
The Letter, within, from Colonel Jeremiah Obrien to Captain John Foster Williams, inclosed is one to me from John Marston Esq, is at the Service of Mr Clark and yourself. The inclosed Letter to me From Mr Isaac Prince, you will please to return to me. This Gentleman is altogether unknown to me. I am apprehensive, that his magnificent Prospectus, by tempting the rich, and the elegant to wait...
I have received your kind letter of the 3d instant with two Copies of the Sketches having received one before, bseides the first. All the four arrived in perfect Condition. One I gave yesterday to my Nephew, William Smith Shaw, formerly my private Secretary, for his Boston Athenæum, who is delighted with it, a Second I gave to our Quincy Library, and it is now circulating in this Village,...
I thank you for the copy of mr Clarke’s Sketches of the naval history of the US. which you have been so kind as to send me. it is a convenient Repertory of the cases of that class, and has brought to my recollection a number of individual cases of the Revolutionary war which had escaped me. I recieved also one of mr Clarke’s circulars asking supplementory communications for a 2 d edition. but...
Inclosed is another letter from John Marston esq. of Yesterday, containing an original letter from David Pierce to Captain John Foster Williams. Mr Clark may file these papers, among his Memorabilia maritima et navalia; and make such use of them as he thinks fit. I should be glad to know something of Mr Isaac Prince; at least of his profession and occupation and the place of his nativity. His...
I thank you for the copy of the 6 th edition of your Olive branch, which you have been so good as to send me . I am glad to see that it grows in size and demand: and in compliance with the invitation of your printed letter of the 4 th inst. which is also recieved, I will notice a circumstance in your Appendix which may be worthy of correction in the new edition proposed. in page 400 . the...
M r Correa has favored me with a copy of your catalogue of D r Priestly ’s library, on which I have found the articles underwritten , which I will pray you to forward to me, or such of them as remain on hand, to Richmond to the address of Mess rs Gibson & Jefferson merchants there, who will pay the freight. I believe there are few weeks or days without a vessel sailing from Philadelphia for
I have recd your letter of the   with a copy of the 2d. Edition of the Olive Branch, for which & for that of the 1st. previously sent to me I return you my thanks. I have not been able as yet to do more, than glance at the plan of the work, and run over a few of its pages. The course adopted, of assembling authentic & striking facts, and addressing them impartially & independently, but with...
I send you, as I received it, a Packett from Mr Bentley of Salem. You and Mr Clark must digest it. I have not the Power, not the means, to copy or extract. Expect more in a few days from your obliged OMC : Charles G. Slack Collection of Autographs.
Afflictions in my family of the most serious nature have delayed my answer to your letter of the 6th of August. I knew not that my friend Dr Rush had communicated the papers inclosed in yours to anyone His confidence however was not misplaced. My letter to him was written, as I should have talked to him Tete a tete. He understood me & knew that every line & every word in that letter was true....