Adams Papers

William Carmichael to John Adams, 25 Jan. 1786

Madrid 25th. Jany 1786


Permit me to present to your Excellencys friendly notice Richard Harrison Esqre. a Gentleman from the State of Virginia who has resided in Cadiz more than five years, during which Period he has disinterestedly served the Public, first at the request of Mr Jay & since from the Necessity of having some one at that Place in the Character of Consul to aid & assist such Americans whose Interests might require his immediate Interference with the Spanish Government of that Port. Altho’ without a proper commission his personal Conduct has been such as to procure him the Esteem of all Ranks there whether Natives or Foreigners, & there are few or none of the Consuls from Other Nations who have been treated with so much distinction by the first Officers of the Government than he has been. The Nature of his situation exposed him to unavoidable Disbursements as well to releive the Distresses of Many of his Countrymen, as to support a character considered & respect a public one. I mention these circumstances, because I am persuaded they will excuse the Liberty I take in Recommending Mr Harrison to Your friendly Offices not only during his residence in England but also to your friends in Congress for whom he will take your Excellencys commands

I have the honor to be / with great Respect / Your Exc.ys / Most Obedt Humble Sert

Wm. Carmichael

RC (MHi: Adams Papers).

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