April 30. 1787.
With this is enclosed, an elegant volume of improvements in Naval Architecture, together with the original letters to me that accompanied it. I know nothing of the author but what is there said to wit that he is a gentleman of character and fortune—America is the place in the world the most likely for such improvements to be adopted, if they are really founded in Science and Utility. If upon examination, it appears to be of value Congress will judge what acknowledgment should be made of it.
With great esteem, I am Sir your most / obedient and humble servant
MHi: Adams Family Papers, Letterbooks.