Motion on Stodder, Kerr, and North
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[26 March 1781]
A letter, of 22 February, from the governor of Virginia, was read, with a memorial enclosed from Messrs. Stodder, Kerr and North;1 Whereupon,
On motion of Mr. [James] Madison, seconded by Mr. M[eriwether] Smith,
Ordered, That authenticated copies of the said memorial, protests and affidavits, be transmitted to the hon. John Adams, and that he be instructed to represent the case to which they relate to their High Mightinesses the States General of the United Provinces of the Netherlands, and to claim such redress for the memorialists as justice and the law of nations require.2
2. No mention of this matter has been found in the published correspondence of Congress and John Adams and his secretary, Francis Dana, in Amsterdam, up to 1 July 1781. Adams’ comment about his own correspondence may also suggest the fate of the congressional order. “I am very sorry,” he wrote to the president of Congress on 15 October 1781, “to learn that Congress have received no letters from me from October  to June.… Two vessels which sailed from hence [Amsterdam] for Boston, each of which had despatches from me for Congress, destroyed them; one upon being taken, and the other upon being chased. But most of my despatches were lost at St. Eustatia, I fear” (Wharton, Revolutionary Diplomatic Correspondence description begins Francis Wharton, ed., The Revolutionary Diplomatic Correspondence of the United States (6 vols.; Washington, 1889). description ends , IV, 779).