Letter of Introduction, 7 November 1839

Springfield Ills Novr 7th 1839
Dr. Sir
I respectfully beg leave to introduce to  your Excellency Joseph Smith Junr who in  company with Sidney Rigdon & Judge Higby [Elias Higbee]  Represent the Latter Day Saints (usually styled  Mormons) Their business is to seek redress  for the recent outrages commited on them  and their property in Missouri. Those outra ges are unparralleled in the annals of  civilized communities and sir it may appear  at first view a novel matter to be brought  before the chief executive of the nation  Still Sir I feel conscious a consciousness  founded on your affable disposition that  you will hear with patience and advise  with a desire to sustain the rights of all  the citizens of our great Republic
I am with great  esteem & Respect
Your obt servt
His Excellency M[artin] Vanburen
President of the US [p. [1]]
James Adams, letter of introduction, Springfield, IL, to Martin Van Buren, Washington DC, 7 Nov. 1839; handwriting of James Adams; one page; Martin Van Buren Papers, Library of Congress, Washington DC.