Boston 30th. May 1789—
May it please your Excellency:
Knowing your great candor and Rectitude I cannot forbear writing a line least through the important concerns, of your Excellency’s most honrable Station I should not be in your mind, When the Revenue Officer’s are appointed,
With all due submission, I beg leave to suggest that it is highly probable, the Collectorship for the District of Portland, may be much easer obtaind, than a less Important place in this Port, If so most Respectful Sir, I sincerely and earnestly solicit your kind & very Influential Patronage, My constant endeavour shall be to deserve your Recommendation, which can only be dun by the greatest Integrity.
I am with the highest Respect Your Excellency’s very Obedient and much / Obliged Servant—
Your Excellency’s Lady rcd two Letters by Fridays Post & was very well last evening—
MHi: Adams Papers.