Adams Papers

James Bowdoin to John Adams, 18 Feb. 1786

Boston Feby. 18. 1786


As I understand it is the wish of Doctor Spooner to be introduced to you before his return to Boston, he will, as I presume, have an opportunity of delivering to your Excellency this Letter for that purpose.

The Doctor was graduated at Harvard in 1778; and Some time after went to Edinburgh, to qualify himself as a physician: where he received the medical honours of that University.

Mr. Spooner before his departure had the character of a sensible[ worthy] young Gentleman; and has, as I am informed, supported that character Since. I therefore take the liberty of recommending him to Your friendship; and have y[thorn sign]e honour to be with great esteem / Sir Yr Excy’s[expansion sign] most obedt. hble Servt

James Bowdoin

PS—Being desirous of Govr. Bowdoin’s Opinion, Respecting my Demand on Government I have shewn him my Letters address’d to you on the Subject, and he is kind enough to give you his Sentiments as follow—

Sr. Doctr. Bulfinch has communicated to me [the] two Letters address’d to you, and I cannot but think [tha]t the Distinction he has made in the Letter of this Date, Respecting his Demand is juste, and merits Attention it appearing evident to me, that, his, must be a [esteemed] bona fide Debt and operate accordingly—

I have the honour to be with great regard, Sir / Yr Excy’s[expansion sign] most obedt. hble servt.

James Bowdoin

RC (MHi: Adams Papers).

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