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Thomas Barclay to John Adams

26 May 1785

Sir Paris 26. May 1785.

I do myself the Honour to inclose to Your Excellency a Letter for You, which I received this day from Mr. James Grubb of L’Orient and left open for my perusal, I send likewise a Letter from James Day of Cowes to Mr. Grull, one from Mr. Grubb to me, and Extract of a Letter from Mr. Ludger to Messrs.Miers & Co. of L’Orient—.  All those papers You will see relate to the Capture of the Brigantine Nancy John Limeburner Master bound from L’Orient to Amsterdam and belonging to Mr. Richard Grubb of Virginia a Subject of the United States—. His Brother at L’Orient is also an American Subject, and extremely worthy of any good Offices You can do him—.  As You are a much better Judge than I am of the Steps necessary to be taken in the pursuit of this important Object, I shall only take the Liberty of recommending it to Your protection, and am with the greatest respect

Sir, Your Excellency’s / most obedient / most humble Servt:

Thos Barclay

RC (MHi: Adams Papers); addressed: “His Excellency / John Adams Esqr.”; endorsed: “Mr Barclay 26. May / ans. 7 June 1785”; docketed in an unknown hand: “lease of the Nancy.”
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