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Explanation of Departure from Washington as Mourning for Son's Death

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CollectionMassachusetts Historical Society: John Adams Papers view image
Document Information
Date March 24, 1801
Author Name John Adams (primary) Location: Stony Field, Quincy
Recipient Name Samuel Dexter (primary)
Summary Addresses an apparent inquiry into his sudden and unannounced departure from the capital before the inauguration of Thomas Jefferson by stating that he left in the midst of mourning the recent death of his son Charles Adams. Reports quietude in New England.
Document Format Letterbook
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Content Notes [not available]
Related Persons/Groups Samuel Dexter; John Adams; Joseph Dougherty; domestic; son; ;
Related Places Quincy; Massachusetts; Stony Field; ;
Keywords papers; mourning; funeral; grief; tranquility; ;
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Stony field Quincy March 24 1801.
I have received your favor of March 8th, with the letter inclosed for which I thank you. Inclosed is a letter to me of your domestick Joseph Dougherty
Had you read the papers inclosed they might have given you a moment of melancholly or at least of sympathy with a mourning father. They related wholly to the funeral of a son, who was once the delight of my eyes & a darling of my heart, [sent?] off in the flower of his days, amidst very flattering prospects by causes which have been the greatest grief of my heart.
heart and the deepest affliction of my life. It is not possible that any thing of the kind should happen to you & I sincerely wish you may never experience any thing in any degree resembling it.
This part of the union is in a state of perfect tranquility & I see nothing to obscure your prospect of a quiet & prosperous administration which I heartily wish you.
With great respect I have the honor to be Sir your most obedient & very humble sert