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JQA Diary, volume 20 10 June 1794
JQA Neal Millikan

On the Sunday following the eighth of June my father arrived at Quincy from Philadelphia, and on 2Tuesday the tenth of June, I went from Boston to Quincy to see him. I found that my nomination had been as unexpected to him as to myself, and that he had never uttered a word upon which a wish on his part could be presumed, that a public office should be conferred upon me. His opinion upon the subject agrees with my own; but his satisfaction at the appointment is much greater than mine.

I wish I could have been consulted before it was irrevocably made. I rather wish it had not been made at-all. My friends on the other hand appear to be very much pleased with it, and seem to consider it as a subject of pure and simple congratulation.