Adams Papers

To John Adams from Stephen Hall, 23 February 1789

Portland 23 Feby. 1789

Will your Excellency permit me to address a line to you on the present occasion? I fear it will be tho’t impertinence at least: and I scarce know what apology to make for it. The best I can think of at present is the friendship & kindness with which you treated me in a journey to Baltimore in the beginning of the year 1777, after I had happily fallen into Company with you at fish kill. This, altho’ probably forgotten by you, somewhat encourages me in the present application. It is to ask of your Excellency a favour.—Shortly I expect & hope to see you employed in one of the first posts in the Federal government. Here it will be easy for you highly to oblige me, provided the multiplicity of your Cares, and the weighty Concerns that will then lay upon you, can admit me into your Tho’ts.—After the grand federal wheel begins to move, I suppose laying an Impost duty will be among the early Acts of Congress. I wish to be employed in Collecting those duties, as my situation will easily admit of it, and I trust it would not be tho’t arrogance in me to suppose myself capable of discharging my duty in that respect tolerably well.

I have taken the freedom to desire my friend, General Lincoln to introduce this line to your Excellency, who can give you a particular account of me: And if I shall be tho’t a proper Candidate for a Collector at the Port of Portland, your favor & friendship will be <[. . .]> most gratefully acknowledged by / your most obedient, / humble Servant

Stephen Hall

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