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John Adams to the Governors of the United States

18 Dec. 1785

Sir Grosvr. square Decr. 1785—

(Circular)

The Right honourable the Marquis of Carmarthen—His Britannic Majesty’s principal secretary of State for foriegn Affairs, in a Letter which His Lordship did me the honour to write me, on the thirteenth of last Month informed me that the Commissioners of American Claims had notified to his Lordship that by Virtue of the Act of Parliament now in force, they have appointed John Anstey of Lincolns Inn, Barrister at Law, to repair to the United States of America to inquire into such facts & Circumstances as may be material for the better ascertaining the several Claims, which have been or shall be presented, under the Authority of the present or former act, & that they are of opinion the Countenance of the several States might tend to facilitate the execution of this Employmt—and his Lordship having requested that I would communicate Mr Anstey’s Appointment to the Members of Congress and recommend him to their Protection & Countenance in the execution of the Business with which he is charged and as I conceive, that Mr. Anstey’s honorable reception in America & the facilities afforded him by Government in the execution of this employment, will redound to the honor & Interest of the U. S. I beg leave to recommend him to your Excellency, and to every Countenance, Protection, & aid, which the service may require & which your Excelly. may with propriety give—I am

J. A—

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