Boston May 20 1789
Mr Duncan the Bearer will be easily recollected by you as the Gentleman at whose House we boarded in Philada. upon our Return from Baltimore. He has experienced various Fortune since that Time, and far from favorable in the last year. He is advised and influenced by some of his Friends to seek some Sort of Employment under Congress. Although I could not join in such Advice, yet I cannot refuse, at his Request to aid his Wishes so far as my Testimony of his Principles and Conduct within my Knowledge can avail. I knew him in his Apprenticeship with Mr William Tyng in this Town, to have been sedate beyond his years and very capable as well as industrious. I know him now as being quite unfortunate and having a very amiable Family to provide for; He knows as well as I that if it is in your Power to point out any Thing for his advantage you will gladly do it; and his Embarrassments furnish him with more Hope than I think he would have in easier Circumstances that you will really have it in your Power. My most Sincere Wishes for his good do not opperate upon my Mind as Embarrassments do on his—I feel only Fear of the Event of his Journey.
God bless you in your Situation! This present Case is one of the Taxes of Pain which <
must> will often be laid upon your Benevolence. I have omitted to write to you on my own Account because I am sure you are without spare Moments. Otherwise I should have told you that Mr Gorham has proposed to Genl. Lincoln an Union of Forces not boding any Kindness to me. The Genl. answered as became himself and the Dignity of Those from whom both He and I expect Notice only when the public Service will be promoted thereby.
I am / Sir / your devoted Friend and / Humble Servant.
MHi: Adams Papers.