Quincy July 12th. 1797.
My Hond: and dear Brother
As it is a part of the high Office you sustain as Commander in
chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, to nominate proper Persons to fill the
various Offices <
of> in both, I take the liberty hereby to let you know that
the Honble: Fisher Ames Esqr:,
my Self and a number of others are desirous that the Revd.
Mr William Montague (who is not unknown to you, and whose
amiable Temper and universal good Character I am well acquainted with.) might be
appointed Chaplain to the Frigate now building at Boston. I think his Ability and
Disposition are such as will render him acceptable to the People on board as a Minister.
And, as he is well versed in the Mathematicks and has been a Teacher of Navigation, I
think he may be very usefull to them in that Branch of Instruction. I have also been
informed that his Appointment would be peculiarly agreeable to the Wish of Capt. Nicholson the Commander.
My Intention in writing this, is meerly to bring the Subject into your View, well knowing that nothing will recommend any one to publick Employment, under your Administration, but Ability and Fidelity.
I am, with Sentiments of the highest Esteem, your obliged Brother.