Adams Papers

From John Adams to John Jay, 27 January 1787

Grosvenor Square Jan. 27. 1787.


I last night received, from Lord Carmarthen, a Note of Yesterday Copy of which is inclosed, with a Memorial to the Lords of the Treasury, Copy of which is inclosed relative to Sixteen Chinese Seamen.

There is a Practice, beginning to be talked of, if not practised, for British Merchants to procure Some American Merchant to metamorpose a British into an American Bottom to trade to the East Indies. This Practise appears to me to be infamous and destructive, and to merit the immediate Consideration of Congress.—of the particular Case, I know nothing: but Congress can have full Information.

I am, dear Sir, with great / Regard &c

John Adams

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