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John Williams to John Adams

20 Aug. 1785

Sir; At the Revd Mr:Shewrin—Ealing—Middlesex— August the 20—1785

When the dispute between America and the English ministry, first commenced, I summon’d a meeting of Americans and planters, in order to Frame a petition against the measures, then agitated; it was sign’d by us and presented to each branch of the Legislature—After the war broke out, I wrote to the People of England under the signature of the Man of Ross, & inforced the doctrine of peace, And when my Speech intended to have been spoken on the Hastings of Guild-hall, was publisht; I certainly was admitted to General Conway & he soon after our meeting, made a Motion for chaining up the Savage of War in America—Lord Rockingham promised to appoint me a Commissioner to treat with Doctor Franklyn, but Mr. Oswald aScotch Gentleman was inserted in my promised Embassy—

My letters to the People of England, are in a desultory manner, collected & addressed to the Greatest Politician in England—

When the Islands were restored, instead of being made a Governor, as I expected, I was appointed, Comssr. of Grenada. on my arrival I admitted all ships from America: but since my departure, a different system has been adopted—

I hope, your approbation will not be with holden from The Crisis of the Colonies: written with a wish to form a Commercial Union, which every friend to each country ought, is my humble Opinion to promote—

I have offerd to act as a Commissioner to treat with Congress and to go to America on this business, so near my heart, without any Salary—

Whenever agreeable to you, I will chearfully wait on you; as I have the honor / To be / With the / Highest respect— / Your Most Obedient / & Most H Servant

John Williams

(MHi: Adams Papers).
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