I have procur'd a certificate from Mr Davis of Newbern that Capt. Drew never Entered a legall protest, likewise another from Capt. John Cowper & other Gentlemen, that the Capt. & Vessel are liable to me for any damage or loss sustained. As Capt. Neal will be with you before I leave, begg can to transmit to your Honour my claim against the vessell & Capt. & hope you will Gett it allowed. Should you be att a loss, for the certificates I mention, (which on my Honour I have) I must entreat of you to detain the money due to the Capt. & Mariners with the overplus of the money arising from the sale of the vessell, untill my Return from Guilford Court, where I am going on some Bussiness of consequence, & will be att the Councill, Monday or Tuesday week. I begg your Interest in this matter & believe me to be with Great Esteem
N. B. Mr Barron has wrote me also that whether I am allow'd the Commission or not, that he expects me to pay it, I am convinced will make me liable.