Adams Papers

To John Adams from Daniel Putnam, 20 June 1818

Brooklyn June 20h. 1818


Words are poor, and wholly inadequate to express the grateful feelings of my heart for your excellent letter, wreched in terms of no equivocal import, but wiping with a single Stroke, every <stain> pretence of public odium which envy and malignity had endeavoured to fix on the character of Genl. Putnam. Such testimony, from such a source, tho’ of a negative kind, is all the occasion required, to silence a base insinuation, no other way to be refuted; and I feel confident you will justify the public use which I have presumed to make of this part of your letter, without first asking permission.

If, what you have in your mind about Warren would fill a sheet of paper, how very desireable is it that such a treasure should not be lost to the <Public> world? The paucity of information respecting his lamented death, is matter of public regret. But it be[c]omes not me to solicit another favor, becaeuse one of such magnitude has been so recently conferred in a manner far beyond my hopes.

Accept Sir, my best wishes, to which my fervent prayers shall be added, that the remainder of your life may continue useful without perplexity—that your death may be easy & joyful to yourself, and your future rewards propertioned to <your> the important services <to> you have rendered <to> your Country and the wor[l]d.

With the highest sentiments of respect & esteem, / I am Sir, / your obliged & devoted Sert.

D. Putnam


Index Entries