Berlin 14 June 1798.
The enclosed letter is from Count Neale a respectable nobleman attached to this Court, to a commercial house at Boston, which he has requested me to forward, and as I have no personal acquaintance with those Gentlemen, I have thought it safer to send it under cover to you.—It is left open, because the Count desires you to read it, and if the proposals relative to the purchase of the articles produced upon his plantation at Surinam should be agreeable to you, he will be glad to contract with you for them upon the terms mentioned in his Letter; or if they should not suit you, he will be obliged to you, if you can recommend any other merchant in Boston, of good credit, whom it would.
The Count is a Prussian subject, and of course neutral in the present War, between France and Britain: as such it is probable, the produce of his plantation being his property, would not be liable to seizure by either of the parties of War, in the conveyance from Surinam to the U.S.
I shall thank you to forward an answer as soon as possible, which may be sent directed to me, here, under cover or addressed to the care, either of Mr: Bourne, Consul at Amsterdam, or of Mr: Pitcairn, Consul at Hamburg, or by the way of England under cover to Mr: Williams, Consul at London.
With my best respects to Mrs: Smith, I remain Dear Sir, your friend & very / humble Servt:
John Q. Adams
MHi: Smith-Carter Family Papers.