Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from John Adams, 27 May 1819

Quincy May 27th 1819.

Dear Sir

I have transmitted you a letter to Samuel Adams Welles Esqr in Boston as you desire

This gentleman is a singular character he is I believe the only surviving male of his Grandfather the late governor of Massachusetts Samuel Adams who never had but two children a son and a daughter; his son who bore his name died early a surgeon in the army of the Revolution without issue; his daughter married a Mr Welles and her only son as I Believe is your correspondent Samuel Adams Welles: he is now virtuously amiably and laudably employed in collecting memorials of his grandfather, in which I heartily wish him success; his grandfathers character however will never be accurately known to posterity as it never was sufficiently known to its own age: his merit in the Revolution if there was any merit in it was and is beyond all calculation. I know but one superior to it and that was James Otis. As your correspondent is the only representative of him I feel a strong interest in this favour; he was bred a merchant, has talents industry a taste for letters and a fair unspotted and irreproachable character I wish you would speak a good word for him to Mr Monroe I believe him well qualified to be a commissioner under the Spanish treaty to Adjust the American claims for spoliations on our commerce and I beleive the appointment would be more popular in Massachusetts than any other that could be named except among the old tory refugees and their rancorous disciples.

I am dear Sir Your friend and humble Servant

John Adams

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