Philada. Decr. 24th: 1815.
I have received you very obliging favour, & thank you for you kindness in promising to sit to Mr. Morse, for your portrait for me. I enclose a letter for him in which I have requested him to wait on you at Your house, and I will pay every expence attending his journey. Do me the favour of sending it to him enclosed in one from yourself, in which be pleased to invite him.—
I am extremely desirous to have a portrait of you, & as soon as your son John Quincy Adams arrives, I shall request him to sit also for his.—
I have had a fine portrait of Rufus King Esqr. & Judge Washington taken for me. They both obligingly sat for me to a painter in this City.—
With perfect respect & esteem / I am your Obed hume st
P.S. Have the goodness dear sir, to drop me a letter containing a little sketch of your life. I mean principally facts; I want them to make a Biography from.—I want the names of your parents—where they were born—where you were born & when—your education & at what Schools—your profession—when you first came into public life—the early part you took in the Revolution—& other facts which you may deem proper. & if not too troublesome the same facts of your brother the late Samuel Adams Esqr. whose portrait & life will also appear in my work.—No party politics will appear in my work, and no man’s life will be written with disgusting panegric. Nothing will appear but a dignified, plain, concise statement of facts.
MHi: Adams Papers.