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Rufus King to John Adams

3 Feb. 1786

Sir New York 3 Feb. 1786

Mr. Wingrove who some months since arrived here from England with a recommendation from you to Mr. Jay, submitted to congress a plan for an american commercial establishment in the East Indies—the project was referred to a committee of congress, who were of Opinion that the commercial intercourse between the United States and India would be more prosperous if left unfettered in the hands of private adventurers, than if regulated by any system of a national complexion—this Opinion received the approbation of congress, and of consequence Mr. Wingrove is frustrated in his project of an India Establishment—

I am extremely sorry that Mr. Wingrove has made an expensive Voyage without benefit, and the more so as he appears to be modest, and intelligent—He has been well esteemed by several Gentlemen of congress, to whom he has been presented—and it is with sincerity that on his request I have written the foregoing—and am with every Sentement of Respect Dear / sir your obt. servt

Rufus King

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