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To John Adams from James R. Willson, 25 May 1813

Washington city May 25th: 1813

Dear father.

An offective son, & one of the children of the church presumes to address you an epistle. I long admired your measures in preparing to expend this nation in time of peace, & thus prevent war from spreding ruin over the land. Now all the nation is convinced of the propriety of your measures respecting the navy & impropriety of the measures of your successors. Our navy has done wonders. God grant it success. He has been convincing the nation that federalists were right, & democrats wrong.

Christians in the middle & western sections of the union & even Some in the south are [lothing] of having Christ Jesus acknowledged in the Federal constitution as “having on his vesture & on his thigh written king of kings & Lord of Lords & prince of the kings of the earth.” You will approve I am sure & give your influence to do Christian a measure. It will keep southren Lusts & good pious northren men will get the great Offices. Father a dutiful son sends you his blessing

Jas R Willson

I am engaged in collecting documents for a History Of America, civil ecclesiastical Physical & moral. In the civil war you will have many documents. I[f] you are So good as to favour me with what you know on those subjects, please Direct to

Jas. R. Willson M. D

Principal of [. . .]-College Bedford Pa

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