Quincy June 19 1819
For the last twenty years I have made it a rule to interfere as little as possible with public affairs. but an occation now presents in which I think it my duty to make a frank, a Candid, a Submissive representation to you—if the Treaty with Spain returns ratifyed there will be commissioners appointed to adjust the claims for Spoilations on our Commerce—there is a Gentleman who I recommend to your consideration a Gentleman whose name is Samuel Adams Wells—he is a Grand Son of Samuel Adams the late Governour of Massachusetts whose name is extinct in his line—he left but one Child and that a daughter it is for the Son of that daughter, I now solicit your attention examination, and enquiry. he is a Gentleman who has a turn for business and a Taste for Literature—he has traveled in many parts of Europe—he was breed a Merchant and is well skilled in the profession—he is particularly acquainted with the Spoilations—his Moral Civil and political Character is without a Stain—
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and > services, < and> Sacrifices, and Sufferings of his G. F. are beyond all Calculation—a Systematic course has been pursued for thirty Years to run him down—If the American Revolution therefore was a blessing and not a curse—the name and Character of Samuel Adams ought to be preserved. it will bear a Strict and Critical examination—even the inveterate malice of his Enemies—I therefor recommend Samuel Adams Wells to you as a Commissioner to adjust these Claims—the appointment will be highly gratifying to the Whigs though it will be extremely mortifying to the Anglomanian Tory’s through out New England—and < all> through out all the other States in North Americ—
Thus Sir I have discharged my duty according to my Conscientious Sense of it—and I shall submit to your decision whose right it is—with perfect acquiescence—
I am Sir notwithstanding former difference’s of opinion with sincere Esteem and great Respect your / most obident and most humble Servant
MHi: Adams Family Papers, Letterbooks.