Recipient: Gerry, Elbridge
[dateline] Braintree Octr. 25. 1779
[salute] Dear Sir
Yours of the 4. is before me.1
Mr. Dana, I think will accept. I have no personal Objection to either of the Gentlemen
You know more of the political Character of one of them, than I do. With the other
I never had any personal Misunderstanding. He has Abilities and he has had his Merit.
But he has been in the Center of Disputes so much, that you must have learned perhaps
more of his public Conduct than I have done, certainly enough to determine your Judgment.3
Mr. D and the D[octo]
r are much attached to him; Mr. L. and Mr.
, much against him.4
He has formerly written some Things well on the American Question. In France he wrote
one good Thing. But he has had Connections in Change Alley, which in my Opinion ought
to be renounced forever by him, if he is appointed to any Place, because I have no
Imagination that any Thing can be concealed from Ld North, that is written to any
one in Change Alley. I mention nothing of Religion nor Morals, for in these Respects,
I suppose Objections are no stronger, than against others, whom it would be Blasphemy
I mention these Things in Confidence.
Pray let me know, what is become of my Accounts and Vouchers; and whether there are
any Objections to, or Speculations about them.
[signed] John Adams