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Richard O’Bryen to John Adams

16 Aug. 1785

Sir. Algiers august the 16th. 1785

We The Subjects of the Unitid States Take This Oppertunity of Informing you of Oure Misfortunes. I sailed from St Ubes The 28th. July and was taken The 30th. of July, at 8 OClock at night. by & Algireine Shireback, Mounting 32 Guns & 400 Men—and was brought in Yesterday into This port Where we Shall to morrow—be put under Slavery. I wrote to the British Counsell Yesterday & he returned me for answer to day That he will, render me Every Service in his’power My Ship was The Ship—Daupin, Belonging to Mr. Mathew & Thoms. Irwin—of The City of Philadelphia. The Consull for The British at This port is Charles Logie Esqr. A few Lines to him from you, would, perhaps Ese us a little and—Remain your Most Obedt. & Humble / Servt.

Richd. OBryen

Yr.Humble Petitioner—

I hope you will Inform Congress by The first Oppertunity hoping the will Soon Reliefe There Unfortunate Brethern There is a Schooner brought in here yesterday The 10th. from Boston bound to Cadis Capt. Stepens—whose Crew—is Maid Slaves—of and, to Morrow, The Dye will be Cast On Us, Unfortunate Men—

Rd. OBryen

(MHi: Adams Papers).
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