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How John Adams Left The Presidency

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Mr. AiUirus'lastdayamved. Thisodious udiciary Iaw had been passed three weeks before ; "lut, owing to the neglec of thet Sánate to act upon the íiominations, tha iudges were stil.l uncoramissioned. The gentlemen 'í party had not the deuency to Icave so much as one of these valuable lifo-appointinents to tho inooining adniinistation, nor any other vacancy whatl'vit, of which tidings reached the seat of KOVerument in time. Nominations wcre sent to the Senate as late as 9 o'clock in the evening ot' the 3d of Maroh . and Judge Marshall, the aeting secretary of State, was in his office at midniglit, still signing commissions í'or raen through wliom anotber administration was to act. But the Secretary and bis busy cleiks, precisely upo the stroko of 12, wcre startled with an appaiition. It was the bodily presence of Mr. Levi Lincoln, of Masíacbusetts, whom the Preíidont elect liad chosüii for tlie office of Attorneyüuneral. A conversation ensued between those two gcnUemen, which has been recently jcported for use by Mr. Jeffersori's groat-granddaugliter : Lincoln- I have bpen ordered by Mr. Jeffersou to take posstrasion of this office and its üapers. Marshall- Why, Mr. Jefferson has not vet qualified. Lincoln- Mr. Jefferson considere himself in tlie light of an ex.ecut.or, bound to take charge of the papers of the government until he i duly quahfid. Marshall (taking out hi8 watoh - But ït is not yet twelve o'clock. Lincoln (taking a watch from his pocket and showing it)- Thii is the President's watch, and rules the honr. Jndge Marshall feit that Mr. Lincoln was marter of the situation ; and casting iv rneful look upon the unigned coiumissions spread upon the table, he ltft his midnight visitor in possession. Relating the sesno in üfter years, when the Federalista had recovered a portion ot their good humor, he nsed to say, laughin, that lus had been allowed to piek up nothing but his hat. _ Wbile these ovents wore transpiring Mr. Adama was preparing for that pre cipitate fight froui the capital whicti gave the last hnaiiliation to his party. Hu ba not the oonrtesy to stay in Washingtoi fot a few hov.r-, nn.l givo the eclat of hl presenoe to tbe inanguration of his su cOMSOT Tradition reports thathe ordered his carriago to be at the door of the White House at midnight ; and we know that, bcio-otluMl.iwn of tho4th ofMarch, he had left AVashington fowvaTi- Atiantk for JuliJ.


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