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Adams, John (1735-1826) to Timothy Pickering

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03297 Author/Creator: Adams, John (1735-1826) Place Written: Quincy, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 29 March 1799 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 23 x 19 cm. + 1 engraving ; b&w ; 23.5 x 16.5 cm

President Adams approves the appointment of James Reid of New Hampshire as Vice Consul in Canton (Guangzhou, China). One black and white bust engraving of John Adams included.

Quincy March 29. 1799
Mr. Stodderts recommendation of Mr. James Reid of New Hampshire to be Vice Consul at Canton, inclosed in your Letter of the 21. And returned in this, is Sufficient for my satisfaction, provided you know of no other candidate of greater merit, or Superiour qualification. You may therefore make out his Commission as soon as you please. I have the honor to be, Sir, your most obedient
John Adams
The Secretary of State.

John Adams March. 29.'99

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