From Joseph Eckley
Boston 20 April 1786
It was the desire of the Revd Dr Gordon who, a few days ago, embarked for Europe, that according to his own practice I would weekly send to you the Independent Chronicle printed in this Town. I have the honor of enclosing one of the Papers for your Excellency at this time; requesting you to permit me to assure you that it will afford me very great satisfaction to continue so to do in a regular manner, agreably to the Doctors wish, & my promise to him.1 With great Respect I am Your Excellency’s Most Obedient & Obliged Humble Servant
Joseph Eckley (1750–1811), who came from London to New Jersey in 1767 and received his bachelor and masters degrees from Princeton in 1775, had been pastor of Old South Church in Boston since 1779.