Quincy Aug 27 1798.
Inclosed is a petition of Pardon Smith for a pardon of a very serious crime. I must refer the matter to you & request you to inclose the papers to the Secy. of State & Attorney Gen. for their consideration. If they & you agree in advising me to pardon the criminal, I may perhaps do it, but not otherwise I am Sir / your humble Servant
MHi: Adams Family Papers, Letterbooks.