Adams Papers

From John Adams to Samuel Dexter, 9 October 1800

Quincy Oct 9 1800

Dear Sir

I have read the enclosed tedious proceedings but cannot reconcile myself to the severity of the sentences. One of the officers certainly ought to be dismissed & compelled to do justice to the men. But the circumstances of degradation & infamy might work upon the compassion of his neigbors powerfully enough to make him a great man in the militia or some state goverment. The other perhaps ought to be dismissed only—but of this I am not decided. Let them rest till I see you, which will not be long after nor much before Mrs. Dexter will make you healthy & happy

I am with great regard

MHi: Adams Family Papers, Letterbooks.

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