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Docno: ADMS-06-11-02-0291

Author: Adams, John
Recipient: Talbot, Silas
Date: 1781-06-26

To Silas Talbot

[salute] Sir

I have received your Letter of the fifth instant, and am very Sorry, to hear of your Misfortune. I wish it were in my Power, to comply with your Request: but it is not. I have no publick Money in my Hands and therefore cannot furnish you with any on account, of Pay, due to you. I have, however Sent you, ten <Guineas> Pounds sterling, which I can only lend you out of my own Pocket, untill you may be in a Situation to repay me. Mr. F. at Passy, is the only one in Europe, who has Power to afford you relief, on publick Account, if, indeed he has, which I cannot positively Say, but should advise you to write to him, without mentioning me however, to him. I remember very well, and with great Pleasure your name, Person and Character. I must beg you, for your own Sake as well as for other reasons to keep this Letter wholly to yourself.
1. On this date JA wrote a similar letter to John Manley ( LbC , Adams Papers). JA omitted only his advice to write to Benjamin Franklin and the comment regarding his knowledge of Talbot. Both Talbot and Manley wrote to Franklin on 4 June (Franklin, Papers , 35:121–123). For Franklin's assistance to the two prisoners, see Franklin, Papers , 36:61–64.