No 17 Filbert St. near 9th Street Philidelphia. 14th January 1798—
If in the Course of Your Excellency’s leisure your may be pleased to cast Your eye over the Poem I now have the honor of laying before You, You will be able to judge whether it possesses sufficient merit to be dedicated to You.
I shall make it more perfect, before it meets the public, if Your Excellency conceives that You would not have to blush for Patronizing the sentiments and the humble Talents of a stranger isolated and unknown.
I have the honor to be with the most sincere respect, Sir, / Your Excellencys very obedient / & very humble Servant
MHi: Adams Papers.