“The reading of this Journal [Hamilton went on], extremely embarrassed his friends,
especially the delegates of Massachusetts; who, more than once, interrupted it, and
at last, succeeded in putting a stop to it, on the suggestion that it bore the marks
of a private and confidential paper, which, by some mistake, had gotten into its present
situation, and never could have been designed as a public document for the inspection
of Congress. The good humor of that body yielded to the suggestion” (Letter from Alexander Hamilton, concerning the Public Conduct and Character of John
Adams, Esq., President of the United States, N.Y., 1800, p. 7–8).