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John Adams to Thomas Jefferson

18 Sep. 1785

Dear Sir Grosvenor Square Septr. 18. 1785

inclosed, you have, in confidene, Some Compliments. give me, in confidence your opinion of them. Is there any Thing said by me, which I ought not to have said? Is there any Expression exceptionable? have I compromised myself or the Public, in any Thing? more than ought to be.

The Custom of making a Speech is so Settled, that not only, the Secretary of State and the Master of the Ceremonies, but Some of the foreign Ministers, took the Pains to inform me, it was indispensible; otherwise being Sensible of the Difficulty of being complaisant enough without being too much, I intended to have delivered my Credentials, without Saying more, than that they were Credentials as Minister to his Majesty from the United States.

Your Friend


John Adams.

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