New york May 22 1789—
Your letter of March the 10th has lain by me a long time unanswered, but has occasioned many anxious reflections, and I might say many melancholly hours. I feel Sir the hardship of your situation and should with pleasure do any thing in my power to relieve you—But you know Sir that the constitution gives to the President in the first instance the right to judge of the merits and Qualifications of every Candidate,—I presume you have attended to this and have made your application to him accordingly. If you have not I should advise you to do it without loss of time—You, may, if you please to commit to me a letter or memorial to him the same in substance with that to me and I will undertake to deliver it into his own hands. With my regards to Mrs Storer, and Family, and great Esteem— / I have the honour to be, Sir your most Obedient
MHi: Adams Family Papers, Letterbooks.