Adams Papers

To John Adams from William Cranch, 8 May 1798

Annapolis May 8th. 1798

Dear Sir,

In the year 1794 you was so kind as to give me a letter of Introduction to Mr. Charles Carroll of Carrollton. It so happen’d that I did not visit Annapolis untill last year. I took the letter with me, but Mr. Carroll was then in the Country. The letter has been lying in my desk ever since and it seems now too old to deliver, and my pursuits have now taken a different direction. I am not conscious of having since that time forfeited the good opinion you was then so obliging as to express, and now beg the favour of you, if you have leisure, to send me by mail directed under Cover to me at this place, another letter of Introduction to Mr. Carroll, who as I am inform’d is now in town.—It is necessary for me to inform you that I have taken an Office in Georgetown & have been admited as an Attorney and solicitor in the General Court, the Court of Chancery, and in the County Courts of Prince-George’s and Montgomery Counties, and intend at the next term to be admited also in Frederick and Allegany. The Genl. Court is now sitting in this City, and I shall probably be here for 3 weeks or a month. It would take too much time to mention the Circumstances which have lately occur’d to determine me to remove to Georgetown; but they are such as open to me very flattering prospects in the Profession, if I can support the good opinion which some of my friends already seem to entertain of me. It is for the purpose of pushing myself forward into the Current of fortune which seems begining to set in my favour that I have taken the liberty to request the letter to Mr. Carroll. He has debts to collect in almost every part of the State; & to receive his Confidence would introduce me to that of many other people. I shall write to my Aunt more particularly of my views & prospects, and she will then be able to give you the particulars of the Circumstances to which I have alluded.—

I left Mr. Johnson and family well last Evening and Mrs. Cranch and her Children this morning.

With the most affectionate Respect / I am, Dr. sir, your obliged Nephew,

W. Cranch

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