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James Allen to John Adams

12 Jul. 1786

Dear Sir— Boston July 12. 1786

I Beg you to excuse my obtruding on your Public attention: Tho the Subject be comparativly Frivolous, to me it is Very Interesting—You, will, Recollet, Sir? what a Friendly Part you took to Adjust our Family Concerns with the late Colo Brattle—They have Since been Settled by Public Commissioners, and are now, after the return of Mr T. Brattle revising by my consent, But the Proceedings are suspended that I may Prove a point by Evidence I flatter myself you will be able to furnish—It relates to An Action you Brought Against Mr Oliver of Salem, I entreat you to recollet, After droping that Action, my return to you from Mr Oliver who denied receiving the sum of Four thousand pounds which was Charged him by Colo Brattle on the Probate Record; I beg you to recollet your Sending me to Colo Brattle for his Receipts, and that he could not find all of them,—if, Unfortunatly, the multitude of your Attentions have effaced the memory of these Circumstances to the Degree you can’t recollect them Precisly, I Pray, your Endeavours to remember what you Possibly may with regard to what happend at that Period* and which may tend to cast Light on a Point of Truth I ought not to be put to the Pain of illucidating—

I Beg the Honor of An Answer by the most Convinient Opportunity— / and am, Dear Sir, with Zeal / & Esteem and affection / your obliged Friend & / Huml ser

James Allen

*your Conversations with me on Brattle not being able, and saying he could not find the recits &c &c

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