To John Adams
New York October 20. 1798
The very obliging manner, in which you was pleased to assure me of the appointment of my nephew Philip Church,1 and the actual appointment of my relation Capta[i]n Hamilton to a Lieutenancy in the Navy,2 which I just learn from the Marine Department, are circumstances from which I derive much pleasure, which I consider as conferring upon me a personal obligation, and for which I beg you to accept my very cordial acknowlegements.
With perfect respect & esteem I have the honor to be Sir Your Very Obed servant
The President of The UStates
ALS, Adams Family Papers, deposited in the Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston.