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Credentials Presented to the Marquis of Carmarthen

27 May 1785

London— Fryday May 27th. 1785

Agreable to appointment Mr: Adams and Mr: Smith waited on the Right Honourable the Marquis of Carmarthen at one oClock at his House in Grosvenors Square and were immediately received Mr. Adams presents his original Commission which is as follows—

The United States of America in Congress assembled.—

To our trusty and well beloved John Adams Esquire Send Greeting.—

We reposing special trust and confidence in your Integrity, Prudence and Ability have nominated constituted and appointed and by these Presents do nominate constitute and appoint you the said John Adams our Minister Plenipotentiary to reside at the Court of His britanic Majesty and do give you full Power and Authority there to Represent us, and to do and perform all such Matters and Things as to the said Place or Office doth appertain, or as may by our Instructions be given unto you in charge. This Commission to continue in Force for the space of three years from the Day, unless sooner revoked.

In Testimony Whereof– –

We have caused the seal of the United States to be hereunto affixed. Witness His Excellency Richard Henry Lee our President at the City of NewYork this twenty fourth Day of February in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and Eighty five and of our sovereignty and Independence the Ninth—

Richard Henry Lee. P.

S.L.

Chas. Thomson secry

John Jay

Secretary for the Department of foreign affairs.—

Which His Lordship having read returned— —Mr. Adams gave him an Authenticated Copy——Mr. Smith presented his Lordship with his original Commission as Secretary to the Legation—which is as follows.—

The United States of America in Congress assembled—

To our trusty and beloved William S. Smith Esquire, send Greeting.—

We reposing special trust and confidence in your Integrity Prudence and Ability have nominated constituted and appointed and by these Presents do nominate constitute and appoint you the said William S. Smith Secretary to our Legations to His britanic Majesty. This Commission to continue in Force for the space of three Years from this Day unless sooner Revoked—

In Testimony whereof We have caused the seal of the United States to be hereunto affixed Witness His Excellency Richard Henry Lee our President at the City of NewYork this first Day of March in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and Eighty five, and of our Sovereignty and Independence the Ninth.—

Richard Henry Lee. P.

S.L.

Cha Thomson Secry.

John Jay

Secretary for the Department of foreign Affairs

Which His Lordship having read & returned and Mr. Smith presented him with an Authenticated Copy. His Lordship appointed Wednesday next one OClock to introduce Mr. Adams at the Royal Levee, at the conclusion of which he should be introduced to His Majesty in his Closet for the purpose of presenting his Letter of Credence, and that on the next Levee Day Mr: Smith should be presented to His Majesty as secretary to the Legation— —

(MHi: Adams Papers)
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