Adams Papers

To John Adams from Isaac Stephens, 24 October 1787

Octr 24th. 1787 algirs

Mr. adams

Sir By the hand of Doctor Warner Consul Logie Doctor which Returns to London I hope you will Ricvied these few Lines He has attended us Since being in algiers By order of Count D’Espilly when under his protection Since as we Could Not Claim any wieght to the Spanish Hospitle without going into it which was Not agreable without Dangeros ill I think he has paid unfriendly attention to Me as I have Not bin Healthey Since the firs fall of My being taken Sir we Recived a Letter from Mr Lamb when at algiernt Which informed Us that you would not agree to our Redemption thairfour I must think you to be the gratest Enemy that that I have in the world and Not a friend to Liberty it Did Lye in Your power to Hasten our Redemption the purport of your Letter to Us told what you must write Congress you are Not So old But you may have as great Calameties as Mine Befour you Die Look on your Children and pray that No judgment May fall on them [they] to Realize a Slave to the infidels then turn to america that Begun on the point of Liberty but [if theirt] Liberty falls into Such Mens hands that wish to Make Slaves of theirt Subjects I Could Wish My Self out of algirs and My Distressed faimely out of america if My Detention is a benefit to america in a peace Let them allow a [Licecing] for my My family if You Dont make your peace with god Before you get a peace with the Dey of algirs I Could wish to Live a Long time three Redemptions has been this year and a Nother is arrived all of Different Nations allthough you Say as you Doe in your Letter that [Searesely] Ever a Redemption without a peace you Doe Not well inform your Self I Know you are Not willing to Draw the money Money out of the publick fund for you and others may fall Short of theirt payment But would wish to Ruin it Som other way had america Setfourth our Situation and <[. . .]> Made a Lottery in Every State I think I shuld Not have bin hear Now think on My State of Slavery and pray that No Such judgments <May> as Mine may Not fall on you or yours think on Yours Letters and Mr Jeffersons thay plainly appear to Us a <[. . .]> Fallen pretention Wishing Us well hom to our famelye So Long Since and Nothg Don Since he told Us plainly that he Did Not Com to Redem Us and Mr Woulfe and Mr Logie I shall Look on you Not to be a friend to Mankind and Liberty Untill you give Me Better proffs of it in your Next Letter Sir to a Gentleman once acquainted With I pray to god that I Might be Mistaken and that your honour May prove to be the greatest friend in the wourld as you Could be if a Mind

Sir the gentlemen Can give you Every intelligence about algirs that you Can wish for

its Supposed that we May be Redemd as Cheap as a noother Nation if the Money or bills were on the Shot at the time <time> of Mr Lambs being hear and the price Was a president to Several other Nations

Consul Logie is the Most friendly at this time and for about 6 months then any other Consul hear—May God Bless you and yours and in the Manegment of the affairs of America

From Your Most Obiedient and Humble Servant

Isaac Stephens Slave

& Continued By My Countrey

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