Boston July 12th. 1819
My dear Sir
Deign to forgive the liberty which I take, in compliance to the earnest request of Mr: Coffin’s friends, in asking you, if you should judge it proper, to sign your name to the enclosed paper in recommendation of Mr Francis Coffin, a brother of my friend Mrs: Derby.—we shall consider the honour of your name as of the highest importance to him: he is a very excellent young man & would be worthy of the appointment he solicits, as Consul at Lima—
I take this same occasion to offer my gratitude for the very precious Letter you had the condescension to write to me regarding the “Yankee in England” & above all for the friendship you therein express for our departed friend. Be assured, my dear Sir, that I feel most sincerely & deeply, all the value of the expressions contained in your letter.
I have long wished to pay my respects to you, & should long since have availed myself of your permission & kind invitation, had I not been much indisposed & confined to the house, owing to the extensive heat of the Weather. But I propose very soon to do myself the honour & gratification of seeing you at Quincy.
I pray you will present my best regards to your Son & daughter Mr & Mrs. T. B. Adams & to accept yourself the assurances of my high veneration & respect, & to believe me My dear Sir / Your faithful friend / & Mo: obt Servant—
Ann Frances Humphreys
MHi: Adams Papers.