Boston, 28th. June, 1798—
I take the liberty of enclosing to you a Sermon of Dr: Prince’s & one of Dr: Osgood’s delivered on the occasion of the Federal Fast—Our Clergy have ever been a respectable bulwark around the liberties of their fellow Citizens; and at this very critical period I am sure you will be gratified at the patriotism & federalism of that Class of Americans. The Sermons preached on that day in this Commonwealth have been generally independant & pure. That of Dr: Osgood, though a collection of facts, political, religious & moral, taken from public authorities; yet being collected into one point of view are calculated to make an impression which I trust will be favorable to our Country’s Cause—In addition to this allow me to congratulate you on the general disposition of our fellow Citizens to support our Government, & to respect your administration. If we remain faithful to ourselves we shall not have much to fear from our perfidious Allies, who I trust will e’er long, of themselves, request a diplomatic Connection with our Government—
From Politics will you allow me to draw your attention to a personal interest of my own. I sometime since made a request in behalf of my father, and your ready attention thereto encreased my obligation. His disposition is still the same to serve the public in any Office to which you may please to appoint him. A vacancy there now is here in the Loan Office by the death of Mr. Nathaniel Appleton. The emoluments are about the same with the Inspectorship.—but being a fixed salary and the attention to the duty of it not so arduous, it better comports with his years than his present employment—With his leave I mention this to you, and should you think fit to make the appointment he would be gratified if his present office might devolve upon me—I will not speak in my own behalf, Sir, further than to say, that having aided my father from his entering into his Office, and by deputation acting for him, the duties & forms of it are familiar to me: in regard to attention to business I hope you have not heretofore found me deficient—Believe me not presumptuous enough to wish an arrangement, Sir, inconsistent with propriety, or your own right views; but if compatible to make the two appointments at the same time you will confer particular obligations on both, & particularly / on Your respectful / humle: servt:
MHi: Adams Papers.