Newington April 15 [AD] 1799
Sir or may it please your Exelency, it is from a kinsman that addrest Your Exelency last June 1798 Sir I am the grandson of the Reverend Joseph Adams of Newington your Uncle decest, may these lines find your Exelency and family in health and happiness, my uncles Joseph and Benjn. Adams and there famileys are in good health, Sir, it has been strongly recommended to me by a number of Gentlemen of the first charectors a mong us for me to address your Exelency once more, to communicate to you, Sir, that it is generally thought that your Exelency had it in contemplation, to make choice of me in stead of Samuel Adams of Durham, as customhouse officer, but be it a mistake or not I submit it to your Exelency as the sole judge of the matter, wheather there has been a misrepresentation or not to your Exelency,
So I have the Honour to be with great respect and esteem Sir your / most obedient servent / your kinsman
PS May It Please your Excellency I use the freedom to Address your Excellency in the Behalf of My Kinsman Samuel Adams Who is the Eldest Son of Your Late Kinsman Ebenezer Adams Deceased: and was Left by his Father in the Care of My Revd Father for his Education: He is a young man Endowed with Good natural abilities and Very Capable of Buisiness and of a Good Charactor and of a Sober Stedy Behavour in the World and Left by his Father not in Affluent Circumstances. Therefore I would Recommend him to Your Excellinces Notice. If you think Him worthy of the Least of your favours It will be Greatfully Received: I Subscribe my Self Ever Your Most Affectionate Kinsman
MHi: Adams Papers.