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Docno: ADMS-06-01-02-0101

Author: Hawley, Joseph
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1773-06-30

From Joseph Hawley

[salute] Dear Sir

The letter inclosed herewith contains My Answer to the young Gentn. you was pleased recommend Me to as an Assistant in his Study of the Law and it is in the affirmative.1
I have heard Nothing of our Publick Affairs since I left Boston.2 I have only to intreat, That, as I know you Sir can do Much to influence them Nothing be done through Strife or vain glory—and that in all cases which will possibly admit of it, great Consideration and thorough discussion precede action i.e. in other Words that We look before We leap.

[salute] I am Sir with the Sincerest respect and greatest esteem Yr. Most Obedt. Humble Sert,

[signed] Joseph Hawley
RC (Adams Papers); addressed: “Mr. Adams.” Docketed in an unidentified hand, incorporating the address: “Major Hawley to Mr. Adams August 30. 1773 consenting to take Levy Lincoln into his office.”
1. Hawley's enclosed letter to Levi Lincoln of Hingham (1749–1820) has not been found. Lincoln, Harvard 1772, spent a year as clerk in the office of Daniel Farnham of Newburyport before applying to Hawley. Later in his distinguished career, Lincoln became Attorney General of the United States ( DAB ; Waldo Lincoln, History of the Lincoln Family, Worcester, Mass., 1923, p. 157).
2. Hawley represented Northampton in the House in 1773–1774. Although the first session was prorogued on 29 June 1773, Hawley's last committee appointment was recorded on 18 June, and it is likely he did not attend much later than that date (Mass., House Jour. , 1773–1774, p. 66).