The Mayor, Aldermen and common Council and freemen of the City of New Haven in the State of Connecticut in America to all to whom these presents shall come Greeting.
In consideration of the great learning and eminent Services of His Excellency John Adams Esqr. Vice-President of the United States of America. We by a public solemn and unanimous decree have conferred and by these Presents do confer on him the said John Adams all the rights Privileges and immunities of a free Citizen of the said City of New Haven. Granting and confirming unto him all the powers and franchises of a free Citizen of our said City
In testimony whereof we have in a City Meeting of our said City caused the seal of our City to be Affixed to these Presents and the same to be Authenticated by the Signature of the Honorable Samuel Bishop Esqr. Senior Alderman of our said City.—Done in the City of New Haven this sixteenth day of April Anno Domini one thousand seven hundred and Eighty nine and in the the Thirteenth year of the Independence of the United States of America.
MHi: Adams Papers.