Philadelphia December 6th. 1797
As I conceive it to be but that Justice which every Citizen may claim as His Due to have his Character cleared from false aspersions I entreat your Excellency will afford me that Privilidge which I think I may lay Claim to
I have been for Many Months expecting Your Excellency would have returned those vouchers which I had the Honour of Transmitting to You and which our Late Beloved President returned to me <
should> in case there should be any more malicious Attacks made My Character is certainly suffering and untill I have it cleared I will not attempt going abroad and of Course my very large Family are all that Time the suffering< s> Victims of unprovoked and unjust malice I again with every sentiment of Respect to your Excellency request you will Do me Justice and am your Excellency’s / Most obet / Hmble Servant
MHi: Adams Papers.