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Adams, John (1735-1826) to Thomas Seymour re: preserving neutrality between England and France

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01482 Author/Creator: Adams, John (1735-1826) Place Written: Philadelphia Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 10 March 1794 Pagination: 2 p. 26 x 21 cm

Summary of Content: Written as Vice President.

Background Information:

Full Transcript: Philadelphia March 10. 1794
Sir
I received this morning your Letter of the 26th of February, and while I feel for you under the Misfortunes of your gallant Son, I regret that ...it should be so little in my Power to assist him, in obtain.g some Consolation for this honourable Wound in the Service of his Country. The request you make is however easily granted, and if any Thing Should be done in the House of Representatives I shall not fail to attend to the subject when it comes before the Senate, and if any thing in my Power consistent with Justice, could contribute to forward his request, it would give me great Pleasure to do it.
I will take an opportunity to Speak with my Honourable Friends Elsworth and Wadsworth and endeavour to learn from them the particulars.
[2] In these Days of unexampled human Calamity, it will require much Wisdom, Patience and firmness to keep this Country in Tranquility: but, although there are numbers Sufficiently thoughtless to endeavour to plunge Us, as deep in guilt and misery as any of the European Powers, yet with the Blessing of Providence and the generous support of the sound and prudent part of the Community we hope to be able to presence our Neutrality.
Those who are ever clamouring about our present Debt, seem to be very ready to adopt Measures, which must necessarily increase it ten fold.
I am Sir with much respect and Sincere
Esteem your most obedient
John Adams

The Honourable Thomas Seymour

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People: Adams, John, 1735-1826
Seymour, Thomas

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: PresidentQuasi-warNeutralityMilitary HistoryFranceDiplomacyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyInjury or WoundChildren and FamilyCongressGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyFinanceEconomics

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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