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John Adams to Charles Adams

12 Feb. 1797

My dear Son Philadelphia Feb. 12. 1797

It will now become necessary for me to have a Secretary as soon as possible. If Mr Malcom can come, I should be glad to have him immediately. I must have him on or before the first of March. Pray write me by return of Post, whether I can depend upon him. If he cannot come I must look out for one here. When I go home, he may return to you and remain with you till my return to Philadelphia. As I am to take the oath of Office in Publick on the fourth of March I should be glad to see the Face of one of my Children upon that occasion and as it is not possible I can have any but you, I shall be the more glad to see you here, if your Business will not suffer too much by it. Business must be attended to above all Curiosities or trifling gratifications.

Your affectionate

John Adams

(MHi: Adams Papers, Seymour Collection).
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