Salem Ap. 29. 1789—
as it is expected Congress will soon appoint Officers to collect the Continental Import, you will, no Doubt, have many Applications for your influence in those Appointments.—As I was once hond. with some Acquaintance with you I take the Freedom to desire you to use your Influence that Mr. John Saunders Junr. of this Town may be appointed Collector for this County.
He has had the Advantages of a liberal Education. And I believe him to be every way equal to a Business of that Importance.—If, Sir, you should wish for further Information with regard to his Quallifications, you will please to inquire of the Honle. Benjamin Goodhue, Esqr. Member of Congress.—As the public Good is your Object, I doubt not but you will pay proper Attention to the Request of your Excellency’s very humble Servant,
P.S. Mr. Saunders is now Deputy Collector of this County.—
MHi: Adams Papers.