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  1. Adams, John Quincy, 1767-1848.
    [Letter] 1823 March 2, Washington [D.C.], [to] Benjamin Abbot, Esqr., Exeter N.H. / John Quincy Adams.
    Adams writes to the Exeter school of which Abbot was Principal (1788-1838) regarding the acceptance of his "young relative" Thomas Johnson Hellen. He states that Mr. Plumer will bring Thomas to the school and oversee his bills. Adams is particular about the matter of clothing allowance and specifies amounts for washing and mending expenses. As Adams plans to send Thomas on to Cambridge, he requests aid in ascertaining "his proficiency hitherto, and how long it will yet take to prepare him for the university." At the time this letter was written, Adams was serving as Secretary of State under President Monroe (1817-1825); he was elected the sixth President of the United States and served 1825-1829, after which he served in the House of Representatives (1831-1848). Before assuming these duties, Adams was appointed to diplomatic roles, as minister to the Netherlands, Russia, England, and Prussia; he also served as a Senator (1803-1808).
  2. Aitchison, John, 1788-1875.
    [Letter] 1852 October 15, Drummone [to] Sir / John Aitchison.
    states that he will "with pleasure join your family party for dinner" next Wednesday. He goes on to say that he has had a letter from William[?] stating that he has gotten the names of the Officers of Regiment who are to be sent out to [Turkey?], and there's a good chance that William[?] will "probably be allowed to remain at home some time longer."
  3. Alison, Archibald, Sir, 1792-1867.
    [Letter] [18??] May 18, Sheriff office, Glasgow (Scotland) / A. Alison.
    Sir Alison writes to report that he sent a copy of Southey's letter to Longman two months ago, and he has the acknowledgment. Alison expresses regret that the recipient did not call, and requests that he visit Possil House when next in Glasgow. The Robert Southey mentioned in the letter refers to a conservative literary critic of the period; "Longman" may allude to the London publishing house.
  4. Anderson, Dave.
    [Letter] 1862 June 27, Beverly [to] Friend [Joseph D. Richardson] / Dave Anderson.
    Anderson states that he'd like to "see you old boy," and is glad to hear that Richardson is better. He assures him that he "didn't let your folk see that letter and won't let them know anything about that." He then relates a story about going to town and helping the girls pick out frocks; his clowning almost got them turned out of the store. Richardson served with the Beverly, NJ 10th Regiment of Infantry Volunteers during the Civil War; he enlisted in 1861, was promoted to first sergeant on May 4, 1864, and died at Cedar Creek, Virginia on November 7, 1864 of wounds received while foraging.
  5. Beattie, James, 1735-1803.
    [Letter] 1758 February 20 Fordoun [to] Mr. John Ogilvie, Aberdeen / Jas. Beattie.
    Beattie thanks Ogilvie for his kind letter which he would have answered sooner had not the letter carrier crippled himself "so as not as yet [sic] to have recovered the use of his limbs." Beattie encloses a "translation of this piece of antiquity" for Ogilvie to review, asking for his judgment as both friend and critic, and explaining how his efforts are not an expression of arrogance. Beattie held the professorship of moral philosophy and logic at Marischal College from 1760, providing him with material for his Elements of Moral Science (1790-93). In addition, Beattie also composed poetry, songs, and translations of Virgil which he may be referencing here in his letter. Beattie moved in the intellectual circles of his day; his Essay on the Nature and Immutability of Truth, in Opposition to Sophistry and Scepticism (1770) debunks the skepticism expressed by philosopher David Hume, and his poem The Minstrel (1771 and 1774) was admired by Wordsworth.
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