''he is represented to me as a young man of sprightly abilities.'' president adams intercedes on behalf of a neighbor's grandson: ''I have recd your Letter of the 10th and return you the Letters from General Wilkinson and the Qr. Mr. General [not present]. Inclosed is a Letter from John Hampton Palmer of Vermont to Judge [Richard] Cranch, requesting his aid in procuring a Pair of Colours. This young Gentleman is a Grandson of old General Palmer my Neighbour, who was active and usefull in the early Part of the late Revolution, and indeed I believe through the whole of it. He is represented to me as a young man of Sprightly Abilities. It would gratify my feelings very much to give him a Commission."
General Joseph Palmer, the grandfather referred to in the present letter, emigrated from England to America in 1746 with his brother-in-law, Judge Richard Cranch, where they founded a successful glass manufactory in Germantown. In February 1776 Palmer was commissioned Colonel in the Massachusetts 5th Suffolk County Regiment, and he spent the duration of the war in the military, being appointed General in 1777. ''In 1783 Palmer returned to his factories at Germantown, but his health was shattered and he was in financial straits brought about by the depreciation of Continental money ... He died on Christmas Day 1788 at his own home'' (DAB, XIV:189).
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