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August> September 4. 1787
Mr Adams presents his Compliments to the Imperial Ambassador and has the Honour to transmit him, a Smal Packet.
it contains two Copies of a Poem, written, printed and bound in America, and as one of the First Fruits of the Muses in that Quarter of the Globe, may be considered as a Curiosity, especially as the Poem itself, as a Composition will be allowed to have much Merit. one of these Copies is intended for his Excellency, and the Destination of the other will appear, from the Memorial herewith enclosed. Mr Barlow the Author is an amiable Man, of an excellent Character and his Intentions are most pure. But Mr. A. is very apprehensive that his zeal to express his Respect to his Majesty the Emperor, will be judged too bold. in this Case Mr A. requests that his Excellency, will consider both Copies as his own, and Suppress the Memorial.
MHi: Adams Family Papers, Letterbooks.