New York May 4th: 1789
To his Excellency John Adams Esquire Vice President of the United States
The Memorial of Charles F. Weissenfels most respectfully Sheweth, that your Memorialist has very early initiated into the Military Service of the United States; and bore a Commission of Lieutt. and from the year One Thousand Seven Hundred and Seventy Six till end of the War, and has since been honoured with a Majority in the Militia of this City, which early initiation and the Series of Years devoted to that Service which he otherwise should have employed to a Mechanical Occupation: have been the means in a great measure to deprive him of a Solid Establishment in Life and has only left him the darling Idea of returning if possible in the Military Line.
He therefore most respectfully Memorializes, your Excellency would be pleased to honour him with a Military Commission, which he thinks he can fill with honour and reputation; your Memorialist hopes your Excellency will be pleased to honour this Memorial, with that attention which in your wisdom will cause the same to be noticed in the usual form for acceptance
Charles F. Weissenfels
MHi: Adams Papers.