Adams Papers

To John Adams from Joseph Woodward, 30 May 1789

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—

Joseph Woodward

Your Excellency’s Lady rcd two Letters by Fridays Post & was very well last evening—

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