The Mayor, Aldermen, common Council and Freemen of the City of New Haven in the State of Connecticut in America to all to whom these presents shall come Greeting. In consideration of the great Learning and eminent sevices of His Excellency John Adams, Esquire, Vice-President of the United States of America, we by a public solemn and unanimous decree have confered and by these presents do confer upon him, the said John Adams all the rights, Privileges and immunities of a free Citizen of our said City of New Haven, granting and confirming all the powers and franchises of a free Citizen of our said City.—In Testimony whereof we have in a City meeting of our said City caused the Seal of our City to be affixed to these Presents and the same to be Authenticated by the signature of the Honorable Roger Sherman Esquire, Mayor of our said City And to be counter-signed by Josiah Meigs our clerk. Done in the City of New Haven this sixteenth day of April Anno Domini one thousand seven hundred and eighty-nine, and in the thirteenth year of the Independence of the United States of America
Roger Sherman Mayor
Josiah Meigs City Clerk.