Adams Papers

To John Adams from Samuel Dexter, 13 May 1800

Philad. 13th. May 1800


On as mature deliberation as the time would permit I have concluded that it is proper for me to decline the honor intended for me in your nomination of yesterday.

At present I am certainly unqualified for the duties of the Office; & such have been my pursuits & such are my habits, that my mind would not be devoted to it, & consequently I never should acquire the ability of conducting the department of War with utility to the public & honor to myself.

If any further reasons could be thought necessary, I might add that it would be with extreme reluctance that I should consent to a change in my situation that must carry Mrs. Dexter far from her friends &, as I have no doubt, much against her inclination, without consulting her on the occasion.

Accept, Sir, my grateful acknowledgments for your goodness & believe that / I am with profound respect / Sir, Your very obed. Servt.

Saml. Dexter

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