Boston March 10th: 1789:
I had the pleasure yesterday of leaving for your inspection an abstract of the Exports of this Commonwealth in the year 1787, founded upon the best and most accurate information that I could possibly procure, it would have given me additional satisfaction, to have transmitted for your examination a particular statement of our Commercial situation, for the last year—but the extent of district comprised in this view, is so great, that I may for some time, be precluded from enjoying the pleasure, however, I shall make a point of doing it; when the necessary information is compleated; The Abstract altho’ not perfectly exact, I flatter myself, is as nearly so, as those which are published in any other country:
I did myself the honor of calling twice upon your Excellency but unfortunately for me you was not at home—I regretted this exceedingly, as I wished to ask your Excellencys opinion upon a subject wherein I feel myself deeply interested, not only as a public Creditor, but as a Citizen of the United States, I have taken the Liberty however to enclose you a hurried sketch of my thoughts respecting the Public Debt, which I hope you will be good enough to peruse,—I am just now embarking for St: Johns, and shall not have the honor of taking a personal leave of Your Excellency before you quit this State, but I must beg leave to assure you that I shall, at all times be happy, to afford you every information which my Office empowers me to, and have the honor to be—
With great esteem & respect / Sir / Your Humble Servant
William Hoskins in behalf of
Leonard Jarvis, Esq: comptroller Genl.
MHi: Adams Papers.