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From John Adams to Henry Knox, 10 March 1800

Philadelphia March 10. 1800

I have recd the favour of your Letter of the 27th. [of last] month, and feel myself much interested in the subject of it. Mr Stoddert had before shewn me your Letter to him and to your son and I had consented to the Idea Suggested in them. The Navy however is a Scene of momentous responsibility to me and if a ship should be lost by any Man for whom I shall have made myself thus exclusively answerable, you know what candid constructions will be put upon your / old Friend and humble sert

John Adams


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