Adams Papers

To John Adams from Robert Duncan, 28 May 1789

Boston 28th. May 178.9


I hope you will pardon me for the freedom I took in addressing your Excellency by Colo. Ward.—I rejoice to hear by thereturne of that Gentleman that your Excellency is as well.—I meant to have had the honor of paying <your> my respects to you Sir at New York, but from the information received of the high price of living there, find I must relucktantly postpone that wishd for happiness at present—Colo. Ward tells me Sir you was pleased to show a disposition friendly to me, and my family. I am greatly at a loss Sir to convey to you the grateful sensations your kindness has caused in the hearts of an affectionate, tho unfortunate family—

I am sensable, very sensable Sir that nothing but my unhappy situation could in the least apologize for my presuming to trouble you again. even this should not have induced me to break-in on your tranquility was I not convinced you sympathize with and are disposed to relieve the distresses of a family that once had the honor of being known to you.—

Suffer me Sir to observe my views are not great, should I be thought worthy of an appointment either in the Revenue line, or as an Assistant in one of the Head Departments here, or elsewhere that my abilitys may be thought equal to discharge with reputation and honor, and that will afford a decent support to my family, I shall think my self happy.

Mr. Lovells Letter that I expected the honor of delivering to your Excellency, I now take the liberty to inclose and am with the greatest respect, / Your Excellency’s Obedient Servant

Robert Duncan

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