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. The person carrying this letter has not been identified, but JA
's purpose in writing is to introduce him to Rutledge as a Charleston lawyer well
qualified to represent the owners of the Chester
, a Dutch sloop captured by the South Carolina privateers Experiment
and Fair American
in 1777. The case ultimately was settled in favor of the captors in 1787. For previous
references to the Chester
, particularly the letter of 17 June 1781 from F. & A. Dubbeldemuts, Rotterdam merchants
with an interest in the vessel, which may have included the otherwise unidentified
documents included with this letter, see vols. 7:288
Cite web page as: Founding Families: Digital Editions of the Papers of the Winthrops and the Adamses, ed.C. James Taylor. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 2014.