|Sir||Dublin No. 18. Moore Street the 18 July 1785.|
It gives me the greatest Pleasure—to See my wish fulfilled, (& what I have foretold 9 Years ago,) by having the Honor herewith to Congratulate your Excellency on Your safe Arrival at the Court of London, with your Excellt. Lady & Daughter,—to whom I also present my most respectful Compliments; Since I had the Honor of Seing Your Excll. last at Amsterdam— in Janr. 82, I expected to have the Business of my unfortunate Ship Vriendschap & her Cargo Concluded long before this, but the Partial & Extraordinary Degree of Sir James Marriot— in the Court of Admiralty of England— and Soon after the Breaking out of the Dutch War— involved me in Such great difficulties, that I was obligd to Commit to Irish Merchts. Several important Trusts in the management of my Affairs, the abuse of which plung’d me into such Embarrassments that it finally will End in a Total Loss, of which I have allready sustained £50,000 to the disgrace of this Country, I am now fighting here with one Saml. Dick, for the remainder of Sd. Cargo in his hands, which he not only witholds from me, but even refuses to give me the least account thereoff by which I am prevented to Settle with my Underwriters for the Loss I have Sustain’d
I had Mr. James van Zandz passenger on Board my Ship, who lived with me for upwards of 2 Years, in which time he had non but my Assistance, I advanced Him Several Hundreds of Pounds Sterl. he gave me on the 12 Sepr. 1780 a Bill on His Father Jacobus van Zandz of £200 Ster. at 3/mts. Sight, I expected at that time to be the Bearer my self, & did not know the want of money So much as now, therefore I was oblig’d to Send such to my Friend John Weskett Esqr Director of the Chamber of Commerce London— to Negociate the Same, And I will be extremely thankfull to Your Excellency to give Him the necessary information about van Zandz House, as I am well persuaded that Sd Bill will be duly Honored, I beg Pardon for having So much intruded on Your Excellencys Patience abt. my affairs, and Permit me to assure Your Excellency that I will be happy to have an opportunity to be of any Service to Your Excll. having the Honor to be with the greatest Respect / Sir / Your Excellency / Most Obt. Hble Servt.
Joh. Ph. Merckle