Quincy, June 4th. 1798
Hond: and dear Brother
It is with reluctance that I add any thing to that <
weight of> pressure of publick Business < with which you are already> already on your Hand by which the strongest Faculties must be over-burdened. But where the good of our Country is intended, < you> I know you will excuse the Interruption, and with pleasure press < sacrifice devote> your own ease < to the if thereby you> to < can> promote the publick Safety. Our Friend, Ben: Beale Esqr., with the warmest Spirit of Federalism, is < trying to> promoting the Defence of our Country, by encouraging his amiable and Spirited Sons to enter on board our Navy. His Son Joseph (who perhaps you may remember) is a very likely young Man about 18 Years old. < he who> He has followed the Sea about 3 Years in forreign Voyages < about three Years>, < and is so good a [. . .] and has made such proficiency in as to procure him the Office of a Mate in a> and has been Second Mate of a Merchant Ship. < This worthy> Capt. Beale wishes that this young Gentleman, < his Father wishes> might be entered as a Midshipman on board the publick armed Ship commanded by Captain Seaver, now in Boston Harbour. Should this meet your approbation it will add a very < likely Youth> promising young Man to our Navy, and at the same time gratify his Father, and give < great> pleasure to your obliged and ever affectionate Brother
NAlI: Cranch-Greenleaf Papers.