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Intercession for A Brother Convicted of Conduct Unbecoming an Officer

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CollectionMassachusetts Historical Society: John Adams Papers view image
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Date September 8, 1800
Author Name William Simmons (primary) Location: City of Washington
Recipient Name John Adams (primary) Location: Braintree
Summary Simmons writes on behalf of his brother, a cavalry lieutenant who has been convicted by a court martial of some unspecified excess. Simmons believes that his brother has been unfairly targeted by enemies in the army, and further that the court martial was improperly conducted (being many months after the fact, and far from the scene of the alleged infraction), not allowing the defense time to call its witnesses. Professes that his brother was misled by inexperience and youth into "excesses," would be ruined by the execution of the sentence, and would prove himself valuable if allowed to continue -- submits as evidence the younger Simmons' good conduct since the incident, including his excellent discharge of the duties of paymaster. Asks for Adams' forgiveness on this issue, to preserve his brother's and family's honor and relieve them of worry.
Document Format Autograph Letter Signed
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Related Persons/Groups John Adams; William Simmons; brother; Secretary of War; witnesses; aged mother; sisters and brothers; ;
Related Places Braintree; City of Washington; frontier; Tennessee; Philadelphia; ;
Keywords service; lieutenant; cavalry; excess; arrest and trial; court martial; disadvantageous situation; acts; evidence; defense; court; suspension of the trial; utter ruin; pardon; appointment; public monies; accounts; future conduct; disgrace; ;
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