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Docno: ADMS-06-13-02-0114

Author: Barclay, Thomas
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1782-07-18

From Thomas Barclay

[salute] Dear Sir

I had a letter some days ago from Doctor Franklin desiring me not to draw on him for any more money, to which yesterday I wrote a reply, a Copy of which I send inclosed to your Excellency.1 If you shou'd ask why I trouble you with it, my answer is, that it is for the reason I have given Doctor Franklin for writing so long a letter to him, “because I wish you to know minutely my situation.” I have little doubt but he will relax from his Injunctions, in which Case I shall have the pleasure, I hope, in about ten days of waiting on you for your Commands to France, and to return you my acknowledgements for your kindness and attention to me in Holland.
In the mean time I am with the greatest sincerity Your Excellencys Very Obed Servant
[signed] Thos Barclay
RC and enclosure (Adams Papers); endorsed by John Thaxter: “T. Barclay Esqr 18th. July 1782. Inclosing Copy of Letter to Dr. Franklin”; docketed by CFA : “Mr { 186 } Barclay. July 18th 1782.” The enclosed letter to Franklin is dated and filmed at 17 July (Adams Papers, Microfilms, Reel No. 357).
1. Franklin's letter was of 5 July but has not been found. For Barclay's reply of 17 July, which was a detailed account of his continuing efforts to reach a final settlement regarding the goods left by Alexander Gillon in 1781, see Franklin, Papers , 37:641–644.

Docno: ADMS-06-13-02-0115

Author: Dalton, Tristram
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1782-07-19

From Tristram Dalton

[salute] Sir

Under the 25th May last I did myself the honor of addressing you in behalfe of a Capt William Armstrong, late Comander of a vessel belonging to me—who, by the then last accounts, was suffering a severe confinement on board a Ship at Portsmo. I felt much on this account, both as he was a worthy young fellow—and as it appeared to me an insult upon a subject of these States—therefore on a public principle, joyned to a presumption on our former connections, I took the liberty to ask your noticing the affair.
It is with much pleasure I can advise of Capt Armstrong's escape from Portsmo and his safe arrival home. He tells that on his arrival at Portsmouth he was put on board a Guard Ship—Admiral Pye's,1 there confined in Irons on both legs, for three months and three days—and part of the time handshackled, for which treatment no reason was given him. At a very great risque, tired of his cruel situation, he effected a happy escape.
Being informed that a regular exchange of American Prisoners who are or may be carried to England, is likely to take place, any such behaviour in the British, for the future, may be easily enquired into—and a stop put thereto.2
As the aforementioned Letter of 25th May, may go in the same vessel with this, I beg leave to refer you to the latter part of it, respecting my present engagements in public life, which makes me more earnestly wish for every intelligence, that may be useful in that line.3
I remain, with the highest Esteem, and personal Regard, Sir your most hble Servant
[signed] Tristram Dalton
1. Adm. Thomas Pye was the commander in chief at Portsmouth, thus the prison ship would have been under his responsibility ( DNB ).
2. Dalton had likely heard of “An Act for the Better Detaining and More Easy Exchange, of American Prisoners Brought into Great Britain” that had come into force on 25 March. For the act, see Benjamin Franklin's letter of 21 April, and note 1 (vol. 12:439–440).
3. Dalton represented Newburyport in the Massachusetts House of Representatives ( Sibley's Harvard Graduates , 13:572).
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