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. CFA wrote that his father’s letter concerning his allowance (see entry for 17 Nov.
, and note
, above) was “perfectly satisfactory.” Acknowledging in principle that he and his
brothers should be treated equally, he claimed that his special situation obliged
him to incur expenses totaling five hundred dollars a year more than those required
of JA2 and that GWA “has often told me his average expenses here had been nearly twelve
hundred a year.” “But I do not feel disposed to argue upon this subject any further
. . . ,” he concluded; “in writing ... to you I did not wish to have any further allowance
made. The intention . . . was merely, to be perfectly candid as to my situation. I
will still attempt to keep within the limit first prescribed [i.e. $800 a year]
” (CFA to JQA, 20 Nov. 1827, Adams Papers