Portsmouth October 13th 1787
Your Excellency will permit me to introduce to your acquaintance my worthy friend Colonel James Sheafe of this place, who goes to London, on business in the commercial line in the course of which he may stand in need of your kind advice. I shall think myself highly honor’d and greatly obliged for any civilities you are pleased to shew him while in England:
Colo. Sheafe is one of the first merchants of this place, the great candor and integrity he discovers in the course of his business renders him very agreeable to his friends & acquaintance.
I congratulate your Excellency on the prospect we have of establishing a National Government. I hope the plan will meet your approbation.
I have the honour to be / Your Excellency / Most Obd’t Servant
MHi: Adams Papers.