Boston Augt 18th 1789
It gives me sensible pain to be under the necessity of troubling you further with my personal concerns amid the weight of your public Cares: but entertaining the fond hope that you are not totally disinterested in my welfare, I am prompted to observe to you, that upon my arrival here I found Mr. Keith had been pushing all possible force for the Marshalship of this District, a place which I mentioned to your Excellency the day before I left New york. I had requested of the President: the above circumstance of Keiths warm application may render some now pointed exertions on my part necessary and that I should through some able friend acquaint the President thus relying on the force of your recommendation & others upon another Account. I had neglected to accompany my request for the marshall with any specific vouchers—but which if necessary I have the happiness to suppose I can obtain from the more respectable of my fellow Citizens who are candid in their wishes for my success—Under this impression I have taken the liberty to enclose a line to the President which humbly hope you will do me the favr to hand him if not militating with the delicacy of your official situation or personal Dignity. I should be extremely hurt to ask any thing improper—& your refusal of it, if so will be my just return: But if not I cannot but entertain sanguine wishes of success from the medium of conveyance—Genl. Lincoln & Govr. Bowdoin not knowing of my wishes for the marshalship have given Keith letters, but say they would have been happy in giving me the preference, & yet hope from which they have mentioned in my behalf in another Case, joined to my other recommendations that I may eventually succeed in my wishes—
I am sorry to use so many egotisms in my letter which the Case alone can justify—
Any assistance my much Esteemed Sir—which you may afford me in procuring a reputable situation in my countys service will be received with affection & remembered with gratitude by him who is with all that Respect & Esteem which your Abilities command & your virtues inspire.
Your Obliged and Devoted / Servant
PS—If you should think that your relating the circumstances of the Case to the President would render a delivery of the letter unnecessary; you will withold it & I submit to your judgment a matter in which my feelings are much interested & the hopes of my friends—
My best respects to Mrs. Adams & Family—
MHi: Adams Papers.