Adams Papers

To John Adams from David Hale, 24 July 1800

Portland July 24th 1800


Having been appointed by my fellow citizens of the town of Portland to pronounce an oration on the late anniversary of American Independence, I beg leave to present your Excellency a copy of what was exhibited on that occasion—Not from an opinion that it possesses merit sufficient to excite the momentary attention of the Chief Magistrate of these states; but as a testimony of my respect for the talents and patriotism of the distinguished personage, who sustains that high office; and from a wish to manifest my attachment & the attachment of my fellow citizens to the government & laws of my country.

I have the honour to be / Your Excellency’s / most obedient servant

David Hale

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