Adams Papers

To John Adams from John Jay, 14 May 1787

Office for foreign Affairs 14th. May 1787

Dr Sir

You will receive herewith enclosed a Copy of a Letter to me from the Honorable D. Huger Esqr. a Member of Congress, dated the 2d. April last, together with the Papers that were delivered to me by the Mr. Masters mentioned in it. As that gentleman is seeking Redress in the Course of judicial Proceedings, the Object of his Application to me doubtless is that I may so far recommend his Case to your Attention and Patronage as that he may derive from your public Character that Aid and Protection which circumstances may render necessary and proper. This I do with Pleasure, being well persuaded that Occasions of being useful to our Country or to any of its Deserving Citizens will always be agreeable to you.—

With great and sincere Esteem and Regard / I have the Honor to be / Dr Sir / your most obt. & very hble. servt.

John Jay



April 2d. 1787


I beg Leave to recommend to your Attention Legh Masters Esquire, a very respectable Citizen of Maryland, who will deliver this Letter to you with some Papers relating to the unjust Seizure and Sale of his Schooner in New Providence where, having sprung a Leak in his Vessel on his Way to Georgia, he was compelled to seek Relief; and notwithstanding his having obtained Permission from the Governor to dispose of certain Articles, for the Purpose solely of defraying the Expence of Repairs, the Vessel was libelled, condemned and sold with the whole cargo.—

Mr. Masters wishes to seek Redress through Means of our Minister at the british Court; to effect which, I have taken the Liberty of recommending him to your Department, as I conceive it the proper one for Application on this Occasion; any Assistance you may be pleased to afford him will very highly oblige me.—

With great Respect and Esteem / I am, Sir, / Your most obt. and very hble: Servt.

(Signed) Dl. Huger

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