Adams Papers

To John Adams from Paul Richard Randall, 27 May 1789

[27 May, 1789]


I take the liberty of laying before you a memorial epistle, I have presented to the President Stating my right to presume upon the publick attention—As I have availed myself of an opportunity of mentioning your name, I think it my duty in appraising you of it, to solicit your patronage in support of those pretensions which you, sir in a great measure have put it in my power to claim.

My long absence from home threw me entirely from the line of business I was engaged in, and numberless competitors at present prevent the resumption of it, so that I am necessitated to seek every occasion of advancing myself some other way—

I find, sir, that after many attempts I cannot obtain a settlement from the board of Treasury without a certificate from you purporting the propriety of payment from them.—

I set out the first of November from London and returned thither in August. I incommoded myself exceedingly in embarking immediately from thence,—as both Mr: Jefferson & yourself conceived Congress might wish for every Information that I could give them.—

Upon my Memorial the Board were directd not merely to report, but to take order thereupon—They however insist upon your Certificate as the highest Evidence—

I have done myself the honor of calling several times at Mrs: Jay’s without being so fortunate as to see you—

I hope you will justify my presumption in thus addressing you.

I am / Sir / most respectfully / your obedient & / humble Servant

Paul R. Randall

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