As the enclosed letter, purporting to be from a member of your house, and received by me on the 11th instant, relates to the Privileges of the House, which cannot, <
[. . .]> in my opinion, be enquired into, except by the House itself, I have thought proper to submit it to your Consideration
But in as much as <
any> no gross impropriety of Conduct on the part of persons holding commissions in the army or navy of the U.S. ought < not to meet with> pass without due animedversion, I have [then] directed the secretaries of war and the navy to make enquiry &ca.
MHi: Adams Papers.