Adams Papers

From John Adams to James Monroe, 27 June 1817

Quincy June 27, 1817

Dear Sir

Another application has been made to me by Mr Elbridge Gerry, the oldest Son of the late Vice President, for a recommendation to the office of Surveyor in Boston. How can I recollect, the laborious Services, the great Sacrifices of a Gerry for forty years, and the destitute Circumstances of his Widow and Children, without Emotion.

I told him I had mentioned the Names of Tucker and Deblois; that I could only mention his Name: for I was determined to recommend Nobody.

I know your Situation Sir. I have had forty applications for an office, Supported by great names, in favour of able Men: and given it at last to Man who made no Application, and in whose favour no applications or recommendations had been produced; I mean Dr Rush.

Louis Said, “He never conferred a Commission, without making a hundred Enemies and one Ungratefull.” Though this might be too Severe; it was a Strong expression of an awful Truth.

I renew my request, Sir, that you would name a day, when you will honour my Hermitage at Quincy with a Visit.

With great respect, and the most devout Wishes for the Tranquility and prosperity of your Administration I am, Sir, your Friend

John Adams

DLC: Papers of James Monroe.

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