May 2nd. 1789
May it please Your Excellency
A Stranger presumes most Respectfully to submit, the inclosed, to your Excellencies perusal and Patronage; they contain Facts, and he can for Information Concerning his Charactor, Exclusive of the Honorable Certificate, Appeal to Colonel Smith; (with whom he had the Honor to serve) for his early integrity in the American Cause. When divesting himself of all Views and Prospects which he might have had, he Continued Stedfast even to an Allarming degree of Distress ever since.
With all the Sentiments of Respect / he is / your Excellencies Most / Obedient, / Most Humble / Servant—
MHi: Adams Papers.