[dateline] Salem May 14th. 1776
[salute] Mr. Adams
I received last post a letter from Mr. Morris with referance to the fish I wrote to
you about, sometime Ago—since which, and not hearing from you sooner I have concluded
to ship itt on my Own Account.1
Upon Over hauling some of itt, by itts lying so long has hurt itt very much, some
part of which is Only fit for the West India Market. I know of some which has been
sold lately for the European Market not better, but I should not choose to ship itt
Altogether As itt is, and therefore could not with propriety ship itt As fish of the
first quality On any body's else Account.
I am sensible your time is taken up in more important Affairs than Mercantile Ones,
and should not have troubled you [now?]2
had not Mr. Morris desired to know through you.
We have nothing New from Europe. A schooner from the West Indies with about 1,000
powder on the publick Account—& are Sr. Your Most hume. servt.,