Adams Papers

To John Adams from William White, 1 August 1787

Philada. Aug: 1. 1787.


Relying on your Excellency’s Regard to literary Merit & Yr Readiness to encourage th. Cultivation of th. Services in this Country, I take th. liberty of recommending to your Patronage th. Business which carries th. Bearer Mr. Joseph Workman to England.

His Brother Mr. Benjamin Workman has invented an Instrument for taking th. Variation of th. Needle, which th. Bearer is to submit to th. Examination of the Royal Society; & if it should meet th. expected Approbation, they intend to apply for a Patent. The Brothers are of unquestionable Character & have served with Reputation as Tutors in th. University in this City: a& I thought that your Excellency’s being made acquainted with this might both dispose & enable you to support their Claim for such Rewards as th. Work may be found to merit.

It may be proper to inform you, Sir, that th. Books you sent by me were delivered agreeably to your Directions. When I left England, I had no Reason to expect that th. Time of our Arrival would be th. very Crisis which shd call for a <[   ]> a more than ordinary Degree of Attention to th. Subjects contained in them. I allude to th. Sitting of th. present Convention; & I have th. Pleasure of believing, that th. Principles of your Work will have no small Influence on th. Deliberations of that Body.

I beg my most respectful Compts. to Mrs. Adams & to Col. & Mrs. Smith.

I cannot conclude without thaking you, Sir, for your polite Attentions to me when in England: and I have th. Honor to subscribe myself, / Your Excellency’s Obliged & very / humble Servant,

Wm: White.

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