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Joshua Barney to Thomas Boylston Adams

7 Nov. 1795

Sir, Flushing Novr. 7th: 1795

Your letter of the 31st. Ulto. I have received, the moment of my departure, and am happy to learn that steps are taking to liberate Captain Cowing, who I am sorry to say is at this Moment in a Critical situation on account of his reduced state, by long confinement, and at present, sickness, which prevails much in this Country, add to this, the room in which he is confined, is damp & Cold, and deprived of Medical Assistance—infact Sir, I cannot conceive the reason why this man has been so very cruelly treated, unless it is absolutely the intention of the Mayor, to prevent any enquiry into his arbitrary proceedings by the death of the man, no person is permitted to see him, nor is he permitted to write and I again repeat, that Charles Cowing has never merited confinement from the Government of Holland, I beg to observe that the Mayor is at this moment at the Hague, perhaps some inquiry into his Conduct would be of Service, last evening I waited upon one of the Representatives of Zealand, in order to have Assistance given this unfortunate man, but he also informed me that it was the affair of the Mayor, (who he conceived a Bad man), that the Mayor was at the Hague, of course must wait his return, but I fear Sir that will be too late to save the life of Cowing, it is dreadful that such conduct could not be severely punished, and Men in office taught to know better—convinced that you will render every Assistance and Justice in your Power, in an Affair of such consequence, I remain Sir Your / Obt Servt 

Joshua Barney

RC (MHi: Adams Papers); internal address: “Thomas. B. Adams. Esqr.
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