Watertown Febry. 6th. 1800—
Mrs Adams, Madam.
In conversation with the President, as he passed to the seat of Government, I mentioned to him my fears respecting the continuation of the new levies raised during the subsisting difference with France, And my desire, that my son Charles Hunt a Leut: in the 14 Regimt. should be transposed to one of the former, or first raised Regiments to ensure his continuance in the Army, which appears to be his choice, & which I presumed might be done on any vacancy instead of a New Appointment; and that his place in the 14th. (should the new raised Regiments be continued) might be filled by a new Appointment there. I have wrote the Secretary of War on the Subject, & if consistant with military arraignments, beged he would be pleased to make mention of it, when a proper Opportunity offered, whether he will or no is to me Uncertain, I therefore have presumed so much on your benevolence, As to request your Mentioning the subject to the President—It will be inconvenient to a young Gentleman who in a manner has formed his habits to enter a New course of life, And as some troops must be kept up, I am very desirous that he may have an Appointment—that will be permanent—A Parents Anxiety for a Sons happiness will I hope be an Apology for my writing you.
please to present my respects to the President And permit me to add that I am with much Esteem / yr very humble Servt
DLC: Shaw Family Papers.