London 31 Dec 1815.
I am induced to furnish you with a list of my friends who interrested themselves for me and solicited the Government that I might be appointed Secretary of the Legation to this Court least you should receive an erroneous impression and believe that my pretensions rested solely upon the recommendation of Govr. Tompkins & Judge Van Ness.
Col Marinus Willett wrote to Mr. Monroe.
Mr Riker Reorder of the City of New York to Mr M.
Col Saml. Hawkins—
Genl. John Swartwout—
Genl. Robert Swartwout—
Mr Sandford Senator from New York—
Mr Fisk Atty Genl. for the District of New York
Mr Jacob Barker—
Mr James Fairlie Clerk of the Sup Court of the State of New York
Mr. John Jacob Astor to Mr Dallas
Thomas Addis Emmet—
Mr. Jacob Barker to Mr Rush
these recommendations and solicitations having gone forth to the Government previous to my receiving your letter of the 22d July last I could not in justice to myself and to my friends withdraw my pretentions as I certainly should have done had I not been placed in so delicate a situation.
I am Dear Sir / with great respect / your very obedt. huml. sevt
John Adams Smith.
MHi: Adams Papers.