Adams Papers

From William Smith Shaw to John Quincy Adams, 19 October 1815

Thursday Morning 19th. Octr. 1815 68 Chancery Lane—

May it please your Excellency,

Actions of little import, can demonstrate the Man of Magnanimity. I exult Sir, as an American Citizen, and it is with Pride, pleasure, & honorable Ambition, that I announce, the fact to have been demonstrated, in your Excellencys deportment in a late Transaction. Permit me Sir to make my acknowledgments with Sentiments, and in a manner, far above ordinary respect, and to assure Your Excellency that my interest in the Welfare, Comfort & Happiness of yourself & your Family will be sincere & shall be manifested on every Occasion. In the conclusion I was wounded in pressing for more than was consistant—there was no intention to lead into Error; the object wasmerely, to satisfy my Friend, that I had sedulously, & earnestly, done All, that was in my power to do, on the Occasion, I pray Sir, that this may be the only impression, that the Application will admit of. Intending to leave Town for Lpool to Morrow, or Saturday, & having Arrangements to make, I offer my Apology to your Excellency for not dining with you this day, with a perfect sense of your Excellencys politeness, & obliging kindness, & a solicitude for the Stealth of yourself & Family. <[. . .]>

Wishing you a safe & happy return to your own Country / I Am with great Regard & Respect / Your Excellency’s hble Servt

W. Shaw

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