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Adams Submits to Judgment of Cabinet & Generals on Military Appointments; Gloomy Appraisal of Military Preparations

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Source Name Image(s)
CollectionMassachusetts Historical Society: John Adams Papers view image
CollectionLibrary of Congress: MMC, McHenry, James view image
CollectionMassachusetts Historical Society: John Adams Papers view image
MicrofilmJames McHenry Papers (no image)
PublicationAdams, Charles Francis. The Works of John Adams. Boston, Little, Brown and Co.,1854. (no image)
Document Information
Date October 22, 1798
Author Name John Adams (primary) Location: Quincy [Mass]
Recipient Name James McHenry (primary)
Summary Adams addresses the relative rank of the major generals, saying that when he chose to sign them all on the same date, he decided to abide by either an amicable decision among the group or the judgment of General Washington. Says he would have invited Washington to Philadelphia long ago if he did not need to remain at the bedside of his deathly-ill wife; waxes on the gloominess of this year. Asks McHenry to appoint officers as he sees fit, and send Adams more blank commission papers to sign as needed. Leaves appointments in the hands of McHenry, the generals, and the other members of the Cabinet. Expresses dismal feelings about the state of the army and martial preparations, disapproving of the low wage of private soldiers and believing that "there is no more prospect of seeing a French army here, than in Heaven."
Document Format Letter Signed
Document Notes Cited in McHenry to Adams, 10/30/1798, and McHenry to Washington, 11/10/1798.
Content Notes [not available]
Related Persons/Groups James McHenry; John Adams; President of United States; Secretary of War; Abigail Adams; wife; generals; cabinet; army; private soldiers; French army; general officers; Secretary of State; Secretary of Treasury; Secretary of Navy; attorney general; regiments; George Washington; ;
Related Places Quincy; Massachusetts; France; southward; Trenton; New Jersey; ;
Keywords commission; recruiting service; ;
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