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John Adams to John Hancock

26 Jan. 1786

Sir— GrosvR. Square Jany 26. 1786—

I beg leave to introduce to your Excellency, Mr. Anstey a Barrister at Law, and member of Parliament, who seems to be an amiable man, and it is to be hoped his Tour to America may have some good effects.

By the papers this morning it seems a motion was yesterday made in the house of Commons for an account of the Number of Vessels cleared out from any of the ports in Great Britain, with Licences for the importation of flour, Biscuit, and Live stock from any place or Country belonging to the United States of America into any of the islands of Newfoundland pursuant to an Act &c &c And also an act account of all Flour, Biscuit, and Live Stock imported into any of the Islands in Newfoundland between the 10 Jany. 1784 & the 10 of Jany. 85.

This early attention, shews that something is to be done we shall at least learn something.

Lord Stormont and Mr Fox seem determined to draw the attention of the nation to foreign Politicks the best ground they could possibly take if they were determined to promote a friendly commercial Connection with America—because this alone can prevent the United States from finally throwing their weight into the scale against Great Britain, by enabling them to Maintain a Neutrality—Yet I dont believe they look so far—

Permit me to congratulate you, upon your return to the chair of the United States & to subscribe myself—

Your Exc’l &c

J. A—

LbC (MHi: Adams Papers); internal address: “His Excellency / John Hancock / Pres of Congress—.”

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