Adams, John (1735-1826) To: King George III.
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Establishing diplomatic ties with England. Letter of credentials. A true copy in Adams' hand, with clerical copies of Adams' appointment and William Smith's appointment.
The United States of America in Congress
To our trusty and well beloved William S. Smith â€¦
Esquire send Greeting -
We reposing special trust and confidence in your Integrity Prudence and Ability have nominated constituted and appointed and by these Presents to nominate constitute and appoint you the said William S. Smith Secretary to our delegation to his britanic [sic] Majesty. This Commission to continue in force for the space of three years from this Day unless sooner Revoked.
In Testimony where of We have cause the Seal of The United States to be hereunto affixed. Witness His Excellency [illegible] Henry Lee our President at the City of New York this first Day of March in the year of our Lord one Thousand seven hundred and Eighty five, and of our Sovereignty and â€¦ Independence the Ninth. -
Richard Henry Lee. P.
John Jay secretary for the Department of foreign affairs
London May 27th. 1705
I certify the foregoing to be a true Copy of the original Commission -
W. S. Smith
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