Quincy Aug 6th 1800
Inclosed is a letter from Capt Seymour Potter of Boston with recommendations from several respectable characters for a lieutenancy in the Navy, from his appearance & behavior & the character I hear of him, I believe he will be a good officer, & if there is a vacancy, you may appoint him. Inclosed is a letter from lieutenant Haswell recommending his brother John Montresor Haswell to be a midshipman. This young gentleman I have seen, & was so much pleased & satisfied with his person & deportment, that I pray you to send him a warrant as a midshipman
With sincere esteem &c.
MHi: Adams Family Papers, Letterbooks.