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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. Adams, John, 1735-1826.
    [Letter] July 5, [1813], Quincy (Mass.) [to] Mathew Carey, Esquire / John Adams.
    Adams explains to Mathew Carey that he is sending papers delivered to him by John Marston and vouches for their authenticity. He requests that a particular letter by Captain Hoisted [Hoystead] Hacker be returned to him and describes John Marston as an ardent supporter of the views of Mathew Carey and Mr. Clark. Adams mentions Captain Simpson and relates that Simpson served as the First Lieutenant of Captain John Paul Jones when he captured a twenty-gun ship (HMS Drake) in 1778. Adams remarks that Captain Simpson's name "ought to be more known in History than it is." Adams asks that Carey question Captain Jonathan Williams if he differs in that sentiment, and states that he will dispute the matter with him. In 1778, Captain John Paul Jones arrested his Lieutenant Thomas Simpson for disobedience shortly after the mentioned capture of the HMS Drake while aboard the Ranger. Jones only dropped the charges after much correspondence with Adams and the other statesmen stationed in France, finally allowing Simpson to take command of the Ranger, while he went on to command the Bonhomme Richard. Jonathon Williams was a commercial and diplomatic agent in France at the time of the Drake's capture and, along with his great uncle, Benjamin Franklin, he was a supporter of John Paul Jones. Thomas Simpson is often characterized as a fiery and mutinous lieutenant, but Adams suggests in his autobiography (1802-1807) that "the arbitrary Conduct of Jones was the cause of great Injustice to him." Adams served as a Member of the Continental Congress, signed the Declaration of Independence, and was the first Vice President of the United States during George Washington's term of office; he was elected President and served from 1797-1801. He is the father of John Quincy Adams, the sixth President of the United States. Mathew Carey, a Philadelphia based publisher, published Thomas Clark's Naval History (1813, 1814) and received frequent suggestions from Adams while expanding this work for its second edition. John Marston, who was a midshipman at the time, would eventually became a rear-admiral and would have a continued relationship with John Adams, being one of the last people to see the former president before his death.
  3. Boudinot, Elias, 1740-1821.
    [Letter] 1783 February 8, Philadelphia, [to] the Governor of Virginia / Elias Boudinot.
    Boudinot transmits ten copies of the recently ratified treaty calling for "amity and commerce" at sea between the United States and the United Netherlands "for the use of your state." At the time this letter was written, Benjamin Harrison was the governor of Virginia, an office he held from 1782 to 1784. In addition, Harrison served in the colonial house of burgesses, the Continental Congress (1774-1777), and as a delegate to ratify the Constitution in 1788. Like Harrison, Boudinot was active in the Early Republic, serving in the Revolution and in the Continental Congress, which he was President of in 1782 and 1783, signing the treaty of peace with England. Boudinot also served in the first, second and third Congresses, and became Director of the Mint (1795-1805).
  4. Burr, Aaron, 1756-1836.
    [Letter] 1806 December 25, North of Cumberland, [to] Captain Bissell / A. Burr.
    Burr states that he awaits the opportunity to pay the "compliments of the season," to pay his respects and receive commands for the South. Burr was a Senator from New York (1791-97) and served as Jefferson's Vice President after the election of 1800 resulted in a tie broken by the House. After he challenged Hamilton to a duel in 1804 and killed him, he was wanted for murder and fled to South Carolina for a time, returning to finish his term as Vice President. He was tried for treason in 1807 for trying to form a separate republic in the southwest; after being acquitted he journeyed abroad and then returned to New York to practice law.
  5. Clinton, DeWitt, 1769-1828.
    [Letter] 1826 May 23, New York [for] James Fenimore Cooper / Dewitt Clinton.
    Clinton writes a formal letter recommending Cooper as a citizen of the United States of "respectable character" and "distinguished talents" to all whom he may meet. At the time, Cooper was preparing to serve as a Consul to Lyons, France. Clinton served as Governor of the state of NY from 1817-1821 and 1825-1828, during which time he founded the New York Historical Society and the Academy of Fine Arts; prior to holding this office, he also filled a Senate vacancy (1802-1803) and served several terms as mayor of New York City. Cooper, the 11th of 12 children born to the man who founded Cooperstown and built Ostego Hall, is remembered for his books of sailing and wilderness adventure, including the Leatherstocking Series featuring Natty Bumppo, the most well-known of which is Last of the Mohicans (1826). In addition to enjoying the life of a country gentleman in New York, Cooper also traveled and wrote extensively in Europe.
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