Beverly Febry 28. 1781.
By the direction of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, I have the honor of acquainting your Excellency, that Janry 31, 1781, you were elected a member of that literary Body. Your Excellency’s name—a name revered and celebrated, not only in your native land, but through Europe, the Academy considers as giving an additional lusture to this Institution. We doubt, not your Excellency will have a favorable regard to this Society, which is formed upon an extensive and liberal plan; and is designed to promote every species of knowlege, which is of public utility. I hope the ends of the foundation will ever be properly pursued; and that while your Excellency’s arms, by the smiles of a kind providence, are crowned with signal success, and made effectual for supporting the independence of the United States of America, this Academy, together with the philosophical Society in Philadelphia, will be instrumental of promoting and diffusing that knowlege, which is necessary to the maintenance of true liberty, and is for the happiness of a free people. I am, Sir, with the highest respect & esteem, your Excellency’s most humble and most obedient servt
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