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John Lamb to the American Peace Commissioners

15 Jul. 1786

Alicante July 15th. 1786.

I Recd. Your Excellencys letters of the 20th ult. I finde by them that Mr. Randall had not Come to Paris when they \were/ wrote, by Mr. Randall I Stated the Exact Situation of our affaires in Algiers. and sent forwd. a Duplicate to Congress. the Demands at Algiers no Doubt will be greate. my health will by no means admitt of my undertakeing the Journey your Excellency Points out. I Dare say my indisposition will Excuse me if it, Doth not in Duty to my self. I must necessoryly have no further Pretentions to this bussiness and that as long as I have been on this Journey I may be Settled with. it will take Sum time before I can get my accts together here. I am under bonds at Barcelona for the money I Extracted for Purposes of Algiers. I left the Vessel in the Spanish Servis when I left Algiers as I wrote and She is now here under Quaranteen and canot yeat be come at. not Doubting but I Should have Return’d to Algiers again left maney things their. but as Soon as may be will Collect all my Acct’s when that is Done I hope I shall be Settled with in Europe as that was promis’d me before I Left america: my letter of Credite will be return’d to your Excellencys Orders. I have Drawn as I have Advised. I have letters from Algiers Daited the 11th. July 1786. then no more of our Vessels were Taken. it is highly necessary that Sum Orders Should be Given on acct. of Supplys for our unfortunate people at Algiers. for their Past maintainance and Cloathing I have paid Sum upwards of Eight hundred heard Dollars

With Due respect Your / Excellencys most Obedient / Hmle. Servt.

John Lamb

(CSmH).
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