Portsmouth July 12. 1787.
I have to inform you that Muir is still in our prison. Sir John Carter had not an opportunity—Courtday—to discharge him on his recognizance till he thought it too near the quarter sessions to do it. As our Sessions begin on the 23d. instant, Sir John desires me to inform your Excellency, that he now thinks it more eligible to let the man take his trial. It will still rest with you, Sir, whether you will endeavour to substantiate the bill’s, and carry the matter to the utmost extent of evidence, or let it slide off on the small weight of evidence which is here—Mowbray’s.
In this last case, it does not occur that there is any thing for you to do at present, unless it be to give notice to Mr. Stepn. Barney our town clk, to bring on the trial at the Sessions; and this I shall do in your name. On this plan, the man will be speedily acquitted; not as innocent, but for want of evidence, and of this he will be made as sensible as it is possible.
Sir John and his brother will be happy to see your Excellency here if convenient,—but how far this may be necessary I really cannot tell, as I have not heard them mention it in this view. I shall be extremely happy to give you any information or assistance in my power, and am / Honble. sir your most obedient / & humble Servant
MHi: Adams Papers.