St. James’s, Decr. 9th. 1785.
I did not fail to lay before the King the Letter You did me the Honour to write to me relative to the Conduct of Captain Stanhope of His Majesty’s Ship the Mercury, at Boston, with the Resolutions of the Congress of the United States inclosed therein, as well as your Memorial claiming the Release of such American Seamen as are detained in His Majesty’s Service; and His Majesty having directed me to transmit these Papers to the Lords of the Admiralty, for their Consideration and Opinion, as to what Orders it might be proper to give thereupon, I send You inclosed a Copy of the Letter I have received from their Lordships on these Subjects, which I hope will convince You that every possible Attention has been paid to your Representations upon these Points.
I have the Honour to be, / Sir, / Your most obedient / humble Servant.