Adams Papers

Granville Sharp to John Adams, 29 Jan. 1786

Old Jewry 29th. January 1786.


As your Excellency mentioned to me the desire of the Marquis de Fayette to collect what has been written against the Slave Trade, I have sought out a Copy of each of my own Tracts on that subject and request that you will be pleased to transmit them to the Marquis as a mark of the Author’s sincere esteem for a Nobleman so eminently distinguished for his generous zeal & exertions in behalf of the natural Rights & Liberties of Mankind! I would have had these books properly bound for the Marquis, had I not feared the loss of time by the Workmen; & therefore lest any opportunity of sending should be lost, I thought it most prudent to send the Books in their present state without delay. Besides the Books on the Slave Trade, I have sent a few on some [other] subjects which perhaps may not be unacceptable to the Marquis: as a Tract to render the pronunciation of the English Tongue more easy to Foreigners; a Tract against Duelling addressed to Military Men in particular, a Tract on Militia & national Defence; & my Tract in defence of America. But if there should be any impropriety in sending Books on subjects which the Marquis did not mention or desire, I hope your Excellency will be pleased to retain them. I have also sent, in another parcel, duplicates for your Excellency of all these Tracts except three, vizt.the Representation against Slavery in England” and the Tract against Duelling, because I have no other Copies of either, having only found these by chance to day—; and the Tract on Militia or National Defence I did not send because I suppose I have already presented it to your Excellency when I gave you the Tract on Congregational Courts last Summer: but if I am mistaken in this, it shall be sent hereafter.

With great respect and esteem I remain, / Sir, Your Excellency’s / most obedient & most humble Servant

Granville Sharp

RC (MHi: Adams Papers).

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