|Sir||Nicholas Lane 4rh Octr: 1785|
My particular Friend Tho’s. Boylston Esqr. meant to have waited upon you or to have sent to you himself in consequence of what I communicated to him Yesterday, but the hurry he was in on account of his departure from the Continent prevented him,
I have from time to time told him my opinion abut the Algerine Cruizers & although Accounts have been repeated & exaggerated in the news papers yet Captures have been made & more may be expected, I do not doubt but your Excellency has been doing & will continue to do all in your power to put a Stop to this unfortunate business, the premiums now given upon Ships & Cargoes is very great, & what is worse the Poor sailors will be sold for Slaves, Mr Anderson who has a House at Gibraltar informed me Yesterday that he had receivd advice, that the Crew of the Dolphin Capt OBrien Captured on her Voyage from Lisbon to Boston were actually sold, & more that the price set for the Ransom of every American would be £500 Sterling, the cause of humanity pleads for some Serious interference & that speedily,
you will I hope excuse the liberty I have taken in addressing you, which I should not have done had my Friend Mr [expansion sign] Boylston staid longer in town—I remain / Sr Your most hble Servt.
the above information, I fear is too well grounded; Mr. Fraser’s communicateing it you, is from the best of [men] & merits thanks, let the inteligence be what it may——
My best respects to your Lady, & believe me to be With the greatest esteem / Sr you most hum Ser