Papers of John Adams, volume 5

From Caleb Davis, 10 September 1777 Davis, Caleb JA


From Caleb Davis, 10 September 1777 Davis, Caleb Adams, John
From Caleb Davis
Honabl. Sir Boston Septr. 10th. 1777

I ask pardon for giveing you this Trouble, Amidst your More Important Concerns, but being requested to forward the Inclosed,1 I beg Leave to Recomend the Person from whoom it Comes as Suitable, for a 1t. or 2d. Leiut. on Board one of the Continental Frigates, and Should you procure Such an appointment for him I doubt, Not, he will do Honour to himself, and his Country. I Presume you have a Personal Knowledge of Mr. Cunningham, and therefore Need Say Nothing of his good Sense Spirit and Attachment, to the Cause of Amirica, and as a Seaman I belive him Inferiour to Very few on the Continent. Had thare bin any Vacansies, in the Little Navy of this State, Better than that of a Master,2 Mr. Cunningham Doubtless would have had it. But Rather than, be Idle he hes Accepted that Berth for a Short Cruize, which I think Much Below his Merit. I have the Honour to be with the gratest Respect your Honours Most Obedt. Humbl. Servant

Caleb Davis3

RC (Adams Papers); docketed: “Caleb Davis Sept 13th, 1777.”


A letter from Peter Cunningham, son of Elizabeth Cunningham, sister of JA's mother. He sought JA's influence in getting him a position. His letter is in Adams Family Correspondence , 2:341–342.


A ship's officer next in rank below a lieutenant who was responsible for navigation ( OED ).


One of Boston's representatives to the General Court (Mass., Province Laws , 20:4).