. Samuel Southard, Secretary of the Navy, shared CFA’s unfavorable view of John Q. A.
Boyd and Joshua J. Boyd. Of the former he wrote: “I have no hope that he can ever
be useful in the service, unless there be a radical reformation in his habits. After
I had given leave [requested by LCA]
, I received a letter written previous to it, complaining of his misconduct while
in New York.” Joshua Boyd, the kindly Secretary continued, was being transferred to
in the hope that he would behave better there (Southard to JQA, 25 Aug. 1826, Adams Papers
). Later LCA requested that Joshua be dismissed from the service (JQA, Diary
, 13 Nov. 1826).