Baltimore Oct. 17th 1796
May it please Your Excellence!
If my Family Business would permit my absance from home, I should have concured to the wishes of my Cozen Mr Rd Valltravers; I should myself have do me the Honor to wait upon Your Excellence with this Inclosed letter & Sundry other Papers, which (as he maintion to me) are Copy’s of his Correspondance with You Sir, Mr Lear Your former Secretary, Mr Jefferson presidt of the Philadelphia Aceademy of Arts & Siences, as also to Mr Adam vice presidt.
He forward to me in Main time a New Work of his, Called the Universal House Cathechisme for the Instruction of Mankind of All Denomination &ce to be Delivered to your Excellence’s Examination et Patronage.
I know that my Cozen is a Strong Republican being a Helvetion, born in the Canton of Bern in Schwizerland, and his utmost Embition was at any time, to be Useful to a free, & Independent Nation, therefore wishes that his former, & repeated Offers of Servises, in [our] Republic the remainder of his Life, in any public Station, as Agent, as Consul in any part of the Globe would be accepted; he must certainly be well acquaint’d of any of these Carracters having been during 14 years as public Resident & Counsollar of Ambasy for the Courts of Manheim, Munich, & Florence, & being a Member of Mostly all the Aecademy of Siences in Europe.
I should look upon it as the most particular favour, if your Excellency would be pleased to Order to his Secretary, to acquaint me of the recept of the Inclos’d papers, as also Your Opinion upon his new House Catechisme, & should Your Excellency not accept of him, or think it unworthy of Publication to return him to my Direction, that I may forward him to my Cozen again with Your Excellancy reflection thereof.
Should I know when Your Excellancy passes traugh this Town, I should be happy to wait upon, & to learn from Your Excellency ownself, what Expectation my Cozen may have for his further Exertion. I have the honour to be. Your Excellency, Most faitful Subject, & Devoted humble Servt
John Conrad Zollickoffer
DLC: Papers of George Washington.