February the 29th. 1788
If near three years of sorrow can atone for words spoken by a person in despair, my Wife may hope for your pity, if not forgiveness. The public papers inform us, sir, of your intended departure from this County—May we hope, Sir, you will favour her so far, as to inform her if her Mother is living and give her, her address. Nearly the whole of last summer she was violently ill of a fever and Ague, when expecting her dissolution she earnestly prayed for you, Mr. Adams and family, and ever since her offence, has repented, not on pecuniary motives, but from a conviction of having done wrong—Owing to her illness we are not so well off as I wish her, but thank God above want.
Be pleased Sir, to grant her request.—and may all your wishes be granted in this World and that which is to come, it is in your power, sir, relieve that worst of distress, a troubled mind, by sending a line directed for me at Messrs. Pearson & Rollason’s Printery Birmingham
I am Sir with great respect / your most Obedient / and very humble servant
Lewis D Ward Bookbinder
MHi: Adams Papers.