Adams Papers

From John Adams to William Stephens Smith, 21 April 1800

Philadelphia April 21st 1800


I have received your favor of the 2d & one or two letters before, recommending gentlemen to office. I am obliged by these communications & wish not to discourage you from continuing to give me information upon such subjects. If your recommendations should not be successfull, you will know the reason to be, that some other candidate presents with superior public claims. You mention not the appointment Mr. Pintard has in view. I had heard no insinuations against him.—If your leizure will permit, I should wish you to write me freely & frequently on all subjects of a public nature. Though my application to the business of my station is & must be unremitted & I cannot therefore always answer letters—they may not be the less usefull for that reason. My letters must be used with great esteem.

I am, Sir, as ever yours

MHi: Adams Family Papers, Letterbooks.

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