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Adams, John (1735-1826) to Henry Knox

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.07375 Author/Creator: Adams, John (1735-1826) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 10 March 1800 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: President Adams received Knox's letter of February 27. Adams expresses his concern that after recommending Knox's son, Henry, for a commission in the US Navy, the Senate did not approve. He tells Knox that there is little else he can do. Adams says, "the Navy however is a scene of momentous responsibility to me and if a ship should be lost by any Man for whom I shall have made myself thus exclusively answerable, you know what candid constructions will be put upon" me.

People: Adams, John, 1735-1826.
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806.
Knox, Henry Jackson, 1780-1832.
Stoddert, Benjamin, 1751-1813.

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Keywords/Subjects: Navy, Office Seeker, President Congress, Letter of Introduction or Recommendation, Children and Family

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