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John Adams to Charles Adams

Feb. 1796

Dear Charles

I have written to Governor Jay, directly to Albany by the Post, and have given Mr Malcom as handsome a Recommendation as you can wish.— —I hope his application will be successfull.—Have you any News by your Hambourg Vessells from your Brothers or concerning either of them.

Whether Mr Malcom obtains his Prayer or not, I hope he will be an invariable Friend of Governor Jay: for an abler Man, or a more unalterable Friend to this Country Mr Malcom will not soon if ever be acquainted with.—Col Smiths want of Sagacity or Want of Something, has given him too little Veneration for that worthy Man and great Magistrate which has been and will be a greater Mis fortune to Col. Smith than the Loss of all his Property. There is some Family ill Will which I never understood. But it has been fatal enough to Smith, and without the smallest Resentment or least Exertion of the Governor.

I am Affectionately

John Adams

(MHi: Adams Papers, Seymour Collection).
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