To John Hancock
AL (draft):2 Library of Congress
Passy, March 26. 1780 [i.e., 1781]
I am requested by some Friends of much Consideration in this Country, to recommend to your Excellency’s Protection Messrs. Galatheau & Compere who go over in the Ship Marquis de la Fayette, with a Power of Attorney to call to Account Messrs Peurien & La Fitte of Salem, for a Cargo intrusted with them by Messrs. Barran, Merchants of Bordeaux. Nothing is desired but prompt Justice agreable to the Laws of the Country, which I have no doubt of their obtaining. Any Counsel or Countenance your Excellency may afford these Strangers at my Request, I shall esteem as a Favour to me. I congratulate you most sincerely on the honourable well-merited Distinction your Country has conferr’d upon you, and am, with the greatest Respect Sir, Your Excellency’s
His Excellency John Hancock Esqe Governor of the State of Massachusetts Bay.
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