Adams Papers

To John Adams from John George Jackson, 12 July 1823

Clarksburg 12th July 1823

Dr. Sir.

The enclosed letter to Genl. La Fayette, has been occasioned by the recurrence of our national anniversary, & contains a printed copy of the Address I delivered on that day. If there be nothing improper in the request, and I assure you, that I cannot perceive its impropriety; I pray you to favor me with the facilities at your disposal, to ensure its safe conveyance to him.

I send you a copy also, with the frank avowal, that I have drawn freely & with great satisfaction, upon the rich fund of information, contained in your valuable Oration of the year 1821—The sentiments are unsparingly adopted, & it was with difficulty I resisted, to the extent I have, the use of the Language itself, recommended as it is, by so many powerful persuasives—

During the last winter I was often tempted to write you upon the subject of your answer, to Genl. Smyths unjustifiable attack, which absolutely prostrated the accuser, and was altogether satisfactory to every intelligent, & liberal mind; & in some respects peculiarly so to me, because I had opposed in the House of Reps. the memorable 2d. Section of the Louisiana Law, & was therefore obnoxious to the censure heaped upon you in that particular, altho I was a zealous <[. . .]> advocate for the acquisition of the Province, & its incorporation into the Union.

I have the further favor to ask of you, to send me a copy of your Pamphlet concerning the Fisheries &c, as connected with the negociations at Ghent, I have failed in my efforts hitherto to procure it.

With great respect / Your mo. obt. Servt.

J G Jackson

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