Adams Papers

To John Adams from Timothy Pickering, 5 September 1797


Trenton September 5. 1797


In my public letter of this date I have inclosed a letter from Mr. Boudinot, in which he suggests that Dr. Rush would accept the <director> office of Treasurer of the Mint. The Doctor is so perfectly well known to you, it would be impertinent to say one word concerning him. By marriage I think you must know that he is connected with Mr. Boudinot.

Dr. David Jackson can have no special claims to a public office: he appears to be in easy circumstances: and is (as I have for some time past been informed) a warm democrat, and strongly opposed to the measures of our government: and there is not such a dearth of federal men as to render necessary the appointment of Jacobins to any public office.—At the same time candour obliges me to say that I know of nothing against the Doctor but his politics.

Mr. Jonathan Williams is much better known to you than to me. I recollect to have heard that when in France he lived splendidly & failed; and few bankrupts are free from stain. What his politics are I do not know—Ostensibly, and perhaps really—they may be federal. But Governor Mifflin’s appointing him a Judge of the court for the county of Philadelphia is not a circumstance in his favour. The Governor, however, may by accident have done a proper thing.

I have taken the liberty to make these remarks on the candidates for the vacant office; presuming that in such cases you would expect, at least excuse, a communication of such observations and information as indicated the character and qualities of candidates.

I am, very respectfully, sir, / your most obt. servant,

Timothy Pickering

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