Newyork May 25 1789—
I have received the letter you did me the honour to write me from Richmond, on the twelfth of Febuary—and esteem myself much honoured by the confidence you are pleased to place in me—The attachment I feel to your family concurs with the personal acquaintance I once had and with all I have since heard of your Character to give to your Recommendation the greatest Weight. But as the Constitution has wisely given to the President, the Authority to judge in the first instance of the merit & Qualifications of every Candidate I need not say to you Sir, that the first application must be made to him, and as his knowledge of your Friend’s Character must be personal & Compleat I presume there can be neccessity for me to interefere. You would much oblige me Sir by letting me know any intelligence you have of the health & happiness of my dear Friend Edmund Jennings Esqr of London—an intimate acquaintance of eleven years has inspired me with an interest in this Gentleman’s good Fortune that I feel for very few other Individuals in the world.—
With great Esteem I have the honour to be Dr Sir / Your most Obedt. & most humble Servt.
MHi: Adams Family Papers, Letterbooks.