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Docno: ADMS-06-05-02-0240

Author: Rush, Benjamin
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1778-01-22

From Benjamin Rush

Yorktown, 22 January 1778. RC (Adams Papers); printed: Benjamin Rush, Letters , 1:190–192. Whatever might be said about the graces needed at the French court, Rush praised the choice of the “perfectly honest” Adams as commissioner.
Critical of American generalship, Rush yet dreaded the entry of France into the war that most Americans longed for because in his view such help would prevent the maturing of the nation, which could come about only by its remaining truly independent. Rush explained that he went to Yorktown to resign his commission and to complain formally about Dr. William Shippen's administration of the hospital service.
RC (Adams Papers); printed: Benjamin Rush, Letters , 1:190–192.