Adams Papers

Nathaniel Barrett to John Adams, 1 Nov. 1786

Paris Nov 1. 1786


Having an Opportunity by Mr De Valnais—I take the Liberty of writing you once more on the Subject of my Affair with Mr Robarts

I have recd a Letter from him in Ansr. to that which I did myself the honour to inclose to your Excellency—He thinks that in my Adjustment at Boston I did not act fairly in not including him <on> [for] the joint Notes of my Brother & myself to Warburton & Randal—I did not know of the Notes being alienated, but supposing [them] my Creditors— & that I personally owed one half the Notes for which they had recd of me 83£ in part I accordingly renderd them as Creditors for the remr. at the same Time, I declare upon my Honor, I had not the smallest apprehension that my Brothers Circumstances were not much superior to mine—or that he had [not] fully sufficient to pay all his Debts—having never been made acquainted with his Affairs—The hurry in which I left Boston at the Time—gives me some Apology for not having considerd this Matter so fully—The Gentlemen with whom I was connected there highly approving my entering on the plan then offerd—which, tho’ it has not succeeded agreable to my Wish—yet has made an Opening—which if uninterupted will afford me a comfortable Living for the present—& most probably in a few years enable me to discharge any Deficiencies in my Affairs—if not lay up something for the solace of old Age—

But should any thing happen, to stagger my Credit at this period—it must put an End to all my Expectations of ever satisfying my Friends—or [procuring] any Support for myself—

Mr Robarts may rely on [my] honest Endeavs. for his security—if ’tis ever in my power——& ev’ry Thing I can do to get him as large a proportion as possible, of the Effects left in Mr Gores hands & from my Brothers Estate—for his present help—shall I ask the favour of you once more to converse wth him on the subject—& [to] advise me the Result—I have wrote him by Colo Martin, & inclosd him a Letter to Mr Gore— —

I have settled amicably wth Mr Sangraine—we have agreed to dissolve the Contract—but he will give to me all the Advantages—of it for any Consignments which I may have of Oils—

I am anxiously looking out for one or 2 Cargoes of Oil which were to sail in a few Weeks after me—Mr Jefferson will undoubtedly send you a Copy of the Resolutions of Government here in favour of the American Trade, I hope they may have the Desird Effect of drawg the Trade this way—In hopes of receiving the favour of a Line from you—I remain with the greatest Respect /Your Excellency’s / Most obd: & most hume Servt

Nat Barrett

RC (MHi: Adams Papers).

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