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Letter from John Adams to Richard Caswell
Adams, John
June 30, 1778
Volume 13, Page 454

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[From MS. Records in Office of Secretary of State.]

Newbourn, June 30th 1778.


I present my duty to your Excellency and the gentlemen of the Council And beg of your Onner to bee so kind as to take My case in Consideration as I am a pore prisoner At this time in the hands of you gentlemen and Will Inform your Excellency and the gentlemen As near as I can how I came in this Situation. I was bound from St. Croix to North Carolina in a Schooner belonging to Mr. Nathaniel Cruger in St. Croix and was taken the Eight of last january at Night by the Galatia Sloop of War Mounted with twenty Guns And was kept on board one month and a half, a Prisoner then was Carried to Augusteen and thar Landed as a prisoner and whas thar much the Same time and now take the liberty to Inform your Excellency and the gentlemen of the Council How I came in the Sloop my being there and know Employ for Sea fearing people and know Money and they whanting Men was foursed on Board against my will for I always Regarded a Merna and always will and am willing to take The State ought and always bee a true friend to The Cause I beg your Excellency parden and the gentlemen of the Counsal for taking the liberty to right but I thought it was my duty so to due Theare is several Versails here wharnts Men and shall Bee Very glad to serve the gentlemen of the town And beg of your Excellency to Releas me from The jale and shall always acknowledge miself a True friend.