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Elizabeth Wilson to John Adams

16 Jul. 1785

Whitehaven July 16th 1785

Encourag’d by a paragraph that has appear’d in the public Papers of Your Excellencys benevolent intention towards those who are suffering for their lapses sustain’d by the War with America

Permit me to suplicate your Interest in behalf of a Widow whose chief Support was the earnings of a couple of Negroe Men Induce’d to abscond at the time Ld Dunmore made his injurious Proclamation

Should I be made so happy through your clemency as to obtain their Value it will enable me to return to my Native Country— I was born in the Province of Maryland of respectable Parents and to easy circumstances but by a reverse of fortune am now cast upon the bounty of friends, whose generous pitty allows me to forsake of a scanty pittance amongst a numerous family

Be pleas’d to present my most respectful Compliments to your Lady & daughter who I am inform’d accompanies your Excellency in your Embacy to the Court of England

That your most sanguine wishes for the welfare of the Uniteid-States may be crown’d with success is the prayer of Your Most Humble

and devoted Servant

Elizabeth Wilson

The Validity of this application can be attested if requisite

Your Excellencys condescending to favour an answer please to direct for me with William Hicks Esqr. Cumberland Whitehaven

RC (MHi: Adams Papers).
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