Quincy April 22d. 1799
I have received your favor of the 15th. Our kinsman must apply to the Senators & Representatives of his own State for recommendations. You know it is impossible for me to appoint my own relations to any thing without drawing forth a torrent of obloquy. If I were to nominate him without previous recommendations from the Senators & Representatives from your State, the Senate would probably negative him. I must moreover be informed what office he wishes or expects, & is fit for. I dont appoint officers because they want bread.
The Samuel Adams appointed a Custom house officer was named by the Senators & Representatives of N. Hampshire. I know him not.
With great regard I am, Sir your friend / & humble Servant
MHi: Adams Family Papers, Letterbooks.