From William Stephens Smith
Grosvenor Square May 21st—1786—7-P.M.
In a Letter which I wrote your Excellency this morning, I mention forwarding by Mr. Smith your press, but it is not in his power to take it. I shall send it by the first Gentleman who will not be much incommoded by it. Perhaps Mr. Trumbull or Dr. Bancroft will have the pleasure of presenting it. This delay will enable me to have a board made to fit it, in which tho’ no great ingenuity is required, still, it may save you trouble, and on the receipt of it, you may have the satisfaction of making an immediate experiment. I am your Excellency’s most obliged Humble Servt.,
W. S. Smith N.10.
RC (MHi). Noted in SJL as received 27 May (actually, entries in SJL for this and preceding letter under 27 May and 19 June do not indicate which of the two dated 21 May was received first, but TJ’s reply of 9 July makes it clear that this was the letter received on the earlier date).