Boston 5th. May 1789
The patriotism of the bearer, Capt. Gustavus Fellowes I believe has never been suspected, by long experience have found him a gentleman of strict probity, towards the close of the late war in his endeavours to annoy the common enemy he lost considerable property. He wishes to Serve his Country & himself by filling some Office under the general goverment, should thair be aney vacancy, & you satisfied of his ability, your Influence in his favour will not, I think, disserve the public, please to pardon the freedom I take in Addressing you, from what I know of your goodness anticepate your forgiveness. In a situation so arduous, that your paths may be directed by the Providence of Almighty God, is the earnest wish of Sir your very humble servant
MHi: Adams Papers.