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John Adams to Edward Forbes

26 Jun. 1786

Sir London June 26. 1786—

I have recd, the Letter you did me, the honour to write me from Dublin on the 18th. of June, & am very sorry for the misfortune of Capt. Sheffield, & his owners, The Law must be very severe indeed, if you cannot succeed in your application for Relief, at least of the Vessell & Tobacco—

If any interposition of mine with the British Ministry, would have any Effect in his favour I would cheerfully engage in it—But as such cases must be decided by the Laws, & by certain rules where the Commissioners have any Discretion it would be in Vain for me to apply indeed I could not justify to Congress an Interposition officially in any such Case without their express orders, I have no Authority to demand or require the restitution of the Vessell & to ask it as a favour, would neither be approved by my Sovereign nor would it be granted by the British Ministry

I agree with you, in wishing that a Consul was appointed to reside in Dublin—

Yours—

J. A—

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