Boston March 12th. 1789
As good men, will be wanted to fill the several Offices under the New Government, I beg leave to mention the name of Major Henry Sewall. He was born & educated in the County of York, a relation to Judge Sewall; he now resides in New York, Engaged in some trade.
My acquaintance with him commenced in the Army, when he was an officer in my Department, He served in various capacities, some part of the war he commanded a Company, & part of the time was an Aid to General Heath.
His character is, a sensible composed firm mind, well informed by reading & observation; writes an elegant hand, his compositions are correct & sentimental, but "the jewel of the soul," is virtue, and this shines in the mind of Sewall—he appears to possess it in an eminent degree; not mere ideal honor; but the real principle which is inviolable, & has for its object things eternal. As I know he wishes for a public employment, (altho’ he has not requested any address of this kind from me) I am induced both from a regard to the public, and to him, to address this letter to the Vice President of our Nation—knowing his judgment will improve every information for the national benefit, and his candor excuse the freedom taken—
I beg leave, Sir, to congratulate you, and our Country upon your appointment to the important Office of Vice President of the United States—"Promotion commeth neither from the east nor the south nor the west, but God is the judge"—may He forever encircle you with his guardian power, inspire You with his wisdom, and give You the supreme felicity of being the greatest possible Blessing to Your Country.
I have the Honour to be with every / Sentiment of Esteem & Respect / Your most Obedient / Humble Servant
MHi: Adams Papers.