To Peter Blake3
AL (draft) and copy: Library of Congress
Passy, Augt. 22. 1781
The Congress having judged that the private Trade carried on with England under various Pretences, is prejudicial to the general Interest of the United States, and having lately pass’d several strong Resolutions for preventing it; I cannot presume to give any Countenance to it by the Passport you desire.
I have the honour to be Sir,
Mr. Peter Blake, Mercht. London
3. In answer to Blake’s request of Aug. 15, above.