Newburyport Decr 7th. 91.

To his Excellency
John Hancock Esqr

Sir --


Give me Leave to intro
duce to you Captn Wells mercht of this Place
who was so unfortunate as to have a Slave
conceal himself on Board his Schooner Susan
nah, Edward Goodrich master in Point Petre
October 3d -- Captn Goodrich after getting to
Sea found him on Board --
The particular Situation this Gentleman
is under - is - that his Schooner which is
now ready for Sea will be exposed to the
Laws of the West India Islands unless such
Steps are taken here as to indemnify him

Captn Wells has confined him in Gaol
upon an Action of Debt for his Passage &c
he is recommended to apply to your Excellen
cy and the french Consule for Relief --
The good Character this Gentleman bears in
this Place induces me to recommend him
to your Attention in this Matter --

Am with the greatest Respect
Your Excellency s
most Obedient &
most Humble Servant

John Tracy

[Address]

His Excellency John Hancock Esqr
Boston

Captn Wells

[Endorsement]

John Tracy's
letter Decr: 7. /91

30.1 cm x 18.2 cm

From the Hancock family papers