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John Cooper to John Adams

21 Jul. 1786

May it please Your Excellency No: 21 Holles Street ClareMarket 21st: July 1786

An Englishman, but one who was ever a strong Advocate and wellwisher to the American Cause, most respectfully begs to lay the following before You—

Having spent the early part of my life in the East Indies, and since my return being employed to do the writing of the King’s Commissioners when at Philadelphia and New York, it occurred to me how matters would end before Peace was concluded; and I mentioned to John Temple Esqre in July 1778 a wish that I might be useful in East India matters—Mr. Temple on his then returning to England told me he had spoke of it to Mr: Laurens, but it was too soon to take up East India Affairs; and a confinement of three Years to a Sick bed, with a long fruitless Attendance in hopes of a promised provision, has prevented my being so active as I wished—But as the East India Trade may be an Object which America would wish to encrease, and which I am convinced the Politicks of this Country, as they are now carried on never can manage; I beg leave to send your Excellency a List of some Books, Chart &ca which I was Years in collecting, and which I am confident would prove highly useful in the extension of East India Commerce—

My disappointments and having buried a valuable Wife and Boy, are other motives which make me wish to dispose of this Collection, but particularly as I am precluded from returning to the East Indies in the Company’s Service.

Your Excellency on calling to mind so remarkable a Paper as the Letter to Congress dated in Philadelphia June 1778, and signed Carlisle, W Eden, and Geo Johnstone will probably recognize this hand writing—and should you approve of seeing what is mentioned in the enclosed list, or purchasing the same—On being honored with your Commands I will immediately attend with them

I beg the Honor to subscribe myself with the profoundest respect / May it please your Excellency / Your most Obedient & humble servt.

.John Cooper

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