London 21. Feby. 1787
I take the liberty of herewith presenting to your Excellency a State of a claim I have against the United States for £72..12..8 Sterling. It arises from advances made by me in Spain for the Support of Capt. James Erwin & his Crew who were captured in the American Brige. Betsey in the Month of October 1784 by a Barbary Corsair & carried to Morocco! Being after a Captivity of about nine Months in that Country, at length liberated by the mediation of the Spanish Ambassador, & by him delivered to me as the only American Character at Cadiz, Your Excellency, I humbly trust will readily grant that I could not consistently with the Dignity and Honor of the Republic, or with the feelings of a good Citizen refuse either to take charge of these unfortunate subjects or to pay the expences unavoidably incurred by so doing. If therefore it is a matter which comes in any degree within your Excellencys department I hope you will be pleased to order my Reimbursment here, which tho, strictly speaking, nothing more than an act of Justice, I shall be ready to acknowledge at the same time as a favor.
I have the Honor to be, most respectfully / Sir, / Yr. Excellencys / Obedt. & very hble St.
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