Adams Papers

To John Adams from Marinus Willett, 15 May 1789

New York May 15th. 1789


Major Leonard Blecker Informs me that he has applyed for the office of Serjeant-at-Arms to the Senate of the United States and signified a desire that I would certify his services as they came within my knowledge—In one of the first Continental Regiments raised in the State of New York in 1775 Mr Blecker was appointed second Lieutenant in a Company of which I was Captain—In the Close of the year 1776 when a Regular army was formed he received a Captaincy in a Regiment of which I was Lieutenant Colonel, And was continued through all the reforms which took place in the army untill it was finally disbanded—At repeated times during the war he gave endearing testimonies of his Gallantry, and by a propriety of Conduct and particular attention to his Company (while in the same regiment with me) was intitled to a full share of the credit which the regiment acquired—Since the peace in the habiliments of a private Citizen he has exhibited a very decent uniform reputable deportment—

From a long and Intimate acquaintance, and from a knowledge of Major Bleckers abilities—I do much chearfully subscribe it as my opinion that if he should secure the appointment he has applied for he will execute the duties of the office with Fidelity and honor.

I have the honor to be / with sentiments of the / highest respect / Sir, / Your most obedient / and very humble Servt

Marinus Willett

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