Adams Papers

To John Adams from William Bouchier Leonard, 12 January 1788

To His Excellency John Adams Esqr. Minister Plenipotentiary from the United States of America to the Court of London

London 12th Janry. 1788

Humbly Sheweth

That your Petitioner hearing your Excellency is upon returning to America, do in the most humble maner intreat your Excellency for a passage over to that place, your Petitioner is a Surgeon and Apothecary, but unfortunately got entangled in a Suit of law, by which he lost his all, and indeed in the American cause, of which he should be happy to give your Excellency an account of, if Agreable, is near fifty years of age has been in the army, but not with that detested war in America. Your petitioner would be happy to make one of the trane of such a worthy charrector as your Excellency, who supported by the Mighty hand of providence has been one of the Savoures of America, and laid the foundation stone for a mighty Empire. if Sir, you have not a Surgeon to attend your trane over, hope I might be of some use in that capacity; if otherwise, should be glad to go in any station your Excellency should think proper, or if your goodness would please to recommend your Petitioner to any Gentleman, or family, that is going over, he can produce proper crudentials to recommend him. Your Petitioner is a Single man, having lately lost his wife, has resided with an unblemish’d charrector in the County of York for Eighteen years, but now keeps house No 3 in Sir Wm. Warren’s Square Wapping, your Petitioner flatters himself, if he can get his passage free to America, that he can be of some Material service in that Country, & hopes that he will not make himself unworthy of your Excellency notice, this charitable deed itself, will be your glory, and may Heaven, and all its Blessings be your present, and everlasting reward. I am with great respect / Hond. Sir, / your most humble / and most obedient Servant

Wm. Bouchier Leonard

P.S. your Petitioner will do himself the Pleasure to call on your excellency in about a week for an Answer.

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