From Thomas Smith
Tours July 9th. 86
After having kept your letter for so long a while, I am almost ashamed to send it you; but remaining only a few days in Paris, I had not time to pay my respects to you, as it was my intention to do. I did not send it by the post, as I was in doubt whether or not it was a letter of introduction to your Excellency. My delay, I trust, has not been a matter of importance. I have the honour to be your very humble Servt.,
RC (MHi); endorsed. Noted in SJL as received 14 July 1786. Enclosure: Adams to TJ, 16 May 1786. The author of the present letter is not to be confused with an impostor who employed the same name in appealing to TJ (see his undated petition printed at the end of 1786).