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Thomas Watwood to John Adams

18 May 1786

May it Please Your Excelency Bloomsbury May 18th. 1786

Some unfortunate conections by Which I have been brought from A State of Effluance to that of Indegance nescescated Me to apply My Self to Mr. Lawrence at his lodgings at Mr: Stackdals in Picadilly 3 Years Ago begging Only his humain Aid in Ordering Me a Passage to My Native City of N: York & was Orderd to Wait on him Next Morning which being Sunday Persuaded My Self I had Mistaken My Orders: did not call till Monday when I to My great Misfortune was Informd he was gone for France that Morning—Still labouring under Some dificulty & Wishing to See that Country in which I drew My first Breath and being convinced of the goodness of Your Excelencys heart towards those in distress Most humbly beg to Inform Your Excelency I Am so fair from becoming A burthin to that Country that I flatter My Self I can render it Many Services—as being well Acquainted with the Manufactoring of Many Articles of Smiths & Ironmongery as well as Every Branch of Gun Making and can Make it Apear I can Execute as good a Peice [of] Workmanship in the above Business,s as Perhaps Most Men in this Country & having So Much the Intrest of My Country at hart if your Excelency will Pleas to Condcend so far as to recomend Me So fair as that I May Only get Credit for a Passage to that Country Am deternind by a Perieverance in Industry to devote My Self to its Service

and Shew My Self ever Gratfuly Your Excellency[s] Most Obedient Hble Servt.

Thos: Watwood

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