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Adams, John (1735-1826) To James McHenry

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC08022 Author/Creator: Adams, John (1735-1826) Place Written: Quincy, [M.A.] Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 14 September 1798 Pagination: 1 p. + doc. 25.1 cm x 20.1

List of names for suggested appointments in the U.S. military [as officers], including a chaplain. "...George McDonald, General Whiting, a very respectable officer, James Cunningham, James Campbell, Lenas [?] Mugs Bradley, George Walters, General Morgan...Samuel Shuttleforth to be chaplain in the army."

Quincy [illegible]. 14. 1798

[illegible] are applications for appointment & from George McDonald, General Whiting, ,a very respectable Officer, James Cunningham, James Campbell, [illegible] Mugs Bradley, George Walters General Morgan, which I recommend to your confideration and [illegible] your humble sent

John Adams

Also a letter from Elijah Laine, recommending Mr. Samuel Shuttleforth to be chaplain in the army.

James McHenry
Secretary at War

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