Thursday No. 61 Walnut near Dock Strt. 
Being indicted for a supposed Libel in the circuit Court of the United States now sitting in Philadelphia, I find it necessary to apply for official Copies of the Papers of which I transmit an inclosed list. I applied yesterday afternoon to the Secretary of State, who has just now sent me word that they are not to be found in his Office.
I beg therefore, that your Excellency would have the goodness to direct <
me> your Secretary to make them out for me < the> as expeditiously as possible, and to accept of the present application as legal notice of my request.
I am / with respect / Your excellency’s / Obedient Servant
MHi: Adams Papers.