Philadelphia 6mo June 6th. day 1787.—
I take the liberty of writing on a subject, which as it is interesting to Society I hope will require but little apology. & yet, I must be ingenious enough to confess that in my pursuits of this subject, I have not been without a view to my own emolument, in which I have done nothing more than to accept of the invitation held out by many Governments of Europe to engage in the public service with promises of Generous rewards. I must beg it as a favour that the enclosed paper may be delivered to the Commissioners of Longitude in London: altho I had sent it to them by another conveyance I would be glad to have a Friend at Court, concerning which I would wish to <
have> renew the old contract "no purchase no pay", if it should meet with success I shall hold myself in duty bound, to make ample satisfaction for the trouble; whether or not I shall be under many obligations to a person who is esteem’d to be the best judge of business of this Nature by the inhabitants of those States which he represents, I would wish it delivered whether there is a prospect of reward or not, my Friend Pelatiah Webster Esq. has been obliging enough to propose writing a Line on my behalf. I remain with the greatest sentiments of respect &ca. &ca.
PS. I shall be glad if a Copy of the Paper is sent to the several Governments of Europe where there is any prospect of reward France excepted where I have written. <
reward>, the receipt of a line with an account of the present variation in London will be very acceptable, I have enclosed the news paper in which it was first published here; which I should be glad to be given to a Printer in London for the sameme purpose. I have also enclosed a late—paper. J.C.
MHi: Adams Papers.