To Archibald Mercer
Philadelphia Aug 17. 1792
The bearer of this Mr. Douthat1 brought some letters, in general terms, from Col Humphreys2 our Resident at Portugal. I dare say he understands the business about which he means to apply to the Society.3 He means to submit different alternatives either for carrying it on upon the Account of the Society or upon his own account. The state of the funds of the Society &c. &c. must decide the expediency of seconding his project. The idea of a loan appears to have some recommendations. It would lead to greater œconomy & exertion. With much consideration & esteem I have the honor to be
Sir Your obed ser
Archibald Mercer Esq
ALS, Newport Historical Society, Newport, Rhode Island.
2. David Humphreys’s appointment as United States Minister resident at Lisbon was confirmed by the Senate on February 21, 1791.
3. H is referring to the Society for Establishing Useful Manufactures.