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William Carmichael to John Adams

18 Aug. 1785

Sir St. Ildefonso 18th. Augt. 1785

I received this day the Letter your Excy. did me honor to address me the 19th. Ultimo.on the Subject of Mr Watson confined in Mexico. I am much obliged to your Excy. for affording me an occasion to manifest at the same time my desire to releive a distressed Countryman & of Convincing you of the readiness with which I shall always Attend to any suggestions which may come from you. In consequence I mean immediately to speak to the Ct. de F. Blanca in favor of the Abovementioned Gentleman & I flatter myself that My application will not be less Successful than they have been in almost similar instances. This court appears sincerely disposed to cultivate a good understanding with the United States. Ere this Letter will reach you Mr Jefferson—will have communicated to you copies of my last dispatches to him, on which I hope to have your Excellencys opinion—

The inst that I receive an answer from his Excy the Ct de F. Blanca, I shall not fail to communicate it to you In the mean time I beg your Exy. to Assure Mr Watsons friends that nothing shall be omitted on My part to procure his release. I take the Liberty of requesting you to present the proper Compliments for me to Mr Del Campo & have the honor to be / With Much Respect / Your Excys. Most Obedt. Hble. Sert

Wm. Carmichael

(MHi: Adams Papers).
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