New York 26 Sepr. 1787
As you are already informed of Col. Nortons Demand on the British Governor! it will only be necessary for me to observe, that it does not appear to me to be of such a nature, as that it would be proper for Congress to interpose and instruct you on the Subject; and I have Reason to think that it strikes them in the same point of view—
As the Col. is an American Citizen, I feel disposed to be as useful to him as I can with propriety be; and therefore, altho I can say nothing to you officially relative to his affairs, yet I take the Liberty of hinting a wish, that you would favor him with such Countenance and advice as occasions & Circumstances may possibly enable you to afford without committing either Congress or yourself. I know your affection for America and Americans, and that must be my appology for the Trouble which this letter may perhaps occasion.—
With great & sincere Esteem and Regard / I am Dr Sir / your affecte. & hbl. Servt.
MHi: Adams Papers.