Papers of John Adams, volume 17

Hay Market London

At a meeting of the Irish Association (pursuant to adjournment) September 2d: 1785


Resolved Unanimously

That we behold with detestation the late attempt made agt. the Liberties of our Country in the propositions lately offer’d to the Irish Parliament for adjusting the commercial system between Great Britain & Ireland:—and we sincerely congratulate our fellow Countrymen now resideing there, on the happy defeat of a scheme so execrable.

That it appears to us to be the intention of great Britain to prevent as much as possible a communication of Trade between Ireland & America, (a matter of the highest importance to both Countries.)— From which reason we are induced to think that the speedy introduction thereof, by the exportation of American produce to Ireland, and a general commerce between our Country & the united States, would be at this crisis peculiarly advantageous.

That we will to the utmost of our power contribute to the establishment of such connection & commerce, by every means wch. our property & Industry can effect.— And that these our Resolutions be forwarded by the secretary of this meeting to his excellency the American Ambassador in this Country for his consideration.

That the same be publish’d in some of the Irish Papers.

(Copd) signed by Order W: W: Seward Secry.