New-York 27th May, 1789
I do myself the honour to represent to you, that having attended in this city many weeks in order to know what regulations might be established by the Impost Law, and finding that a considerable time must still elapse before the passing of that Act, I am induced, by the advice of my Freinds here, to return to my family, and, without incurring any farther expence, wait at home the issue of that business. In the mean time I have made application to The President to be nomenated to the Collectorship of Alexandria. If, Sir, you should think my pretensions such as to warrent your advocation of my Suit, your support and influence would lay me under a singular and lasting obligation.
With the highest respect I have the / honour to be, / Sir / your most obedient and / most Humble servant
S: Hanson of Saml.
MHi: Adams Papers.