Adams Papers

To John Adams from Jonathan Dayton, 8 February 1788

Dublin Feb. 8th. 1788


I arrived here a few days back in a Ship (wth. Flax seed & Potash &c.) of which I am chief owner; my vessell is new Built, only last Summer at Hudson, and carrying a regular Register from New York State & the flag of the United States—She is called the Albany of 288 Tons Carpenters measure. One fourth owned by Mr. Joseph Waldo & the other 3/4ths. mine & my Brothers. I once had the pleasure to know you while you was in Congress at Philidelphia, & being at a great loss to know how matters stand, between our Country & the Barbary States, and there being no American Consul here or any one who seems to care much about the Naval Commerce of our Country (save in the smugling line) I presume to request the favour of you to inform me, if I can with any degree of Safety go up the Streights with my Ship, knowing that Trade very well, & being very sure of getting her well employed in the Italian ports & thence to Scandariah, Smyrna, & other Ports.—We are told here that Mr. Barclay, in whose employ I saild out of Phila., has made a treaty of peace with the Algerines & other Barbary States, & it wd. be a great favour done me Sir if you will inform me, if it is safe for me to go to Lisbon and thence up the Streights, or if Passes are yet to be had, what is the mode, & to whom must I apply for one, what will be the Cost, whether must I go to you in London or to what other Envoy or Agent for America must I apply to, & what proofs of my Ship being really & Bona fide an American must I take with me to you to obtain one, for it wou’d be a vast expence to Carry the Ship round to London. My Intention is to go to Lisbon, & if Passes are by this time to be had in America one will be forwarded there to the House of Messrs. Burn & Sons for my Vessel. I beg pardon for intruding on you, but what I have at stake will I hope plead my excuse & I crave an Ansr. as soon as <possible> convenient for my stay here will be but a very few days—Please to direct to me to the Post Office Dublin—

I am with great Esteem / yr. very Hble Servt.

Jonathan P: Dayton

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