Adams Papers

To John Adams from William Stephens Smith, 18 July 1800

Custom House New York July 18th. 1800


I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of the Commission of Surveyor of this Port by yesterday’s post, bearing date the 24th. Ulto.—

Accept of my grateful acknowledgements for this additional mark of your confidence and attention.—I took the oath of office yesterday Noon and shall this morning enter on the duties of the station—You may rest assured Sir, I shall by an attentive examination of the Laws of the revenue and by due consultation with the Collector make myself perfectly acquainted with the duties of the office, which shall be discharged with the strictest integrity and the most pointed attention. If there are doubts resting on the minds of any similar to those which existed, when you complimented me with a nomination for an elivated military station, I flatter myself I shall be equally successful in removing those doubts, as I have effectually done, in my last too small military career—The integrity of official Station and the pointed discharge of duties to my Country, shall never sink in my hands; nor The President ever experience the painful sensation, arising from misplaced confidence, or a negligence in discharging the trust committed to me—

With the Highest veneration / and Respect—I have the / Honor to be, Sir / Your most Obliged / And very Humble / Servant

W. S. Smith

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