Adams Papers

From John Adams to Francis Godolphin Osborne, 3 October 1787

Grosvr. sqr: octr. 3d. 1787.

My Lord—

It is with concern, that I do myself the Honour to inclose to your Lordship a Letter which I received this morning from Charles Baldwin a Citizen of the United States of America; who represents; that on the 22d: of last month he was involuntarily taken out of the Ship favorite, Henry Cooper Commander belonging to New York by a Press Gang, and taken without any of his Property but the Cloaths he had on; & sent on board of the Dispatch tender where he remained till next day, when he was sent on board the Vestal Frigate at long reach, which 2 day’s after sailed for sheerness. When arrived there he was sent on board the Conqueror Guardship—he remained there one day; and was then sent on board the scipio of 64 Guns, which sailed the next day for Spithead—this letter is dated on board the Tryumph of 74 Guns at Spithead under the command of Lord Hood, where probably this Charles Baldwin, (whose father & Family are well known to the secretary of Legation of the United States) now is—

According to his representation there are six or 7. others, American Citizens on board the same ship, in similar Circumstances.

It is my duty my Lord to remonstrate against this practice, which has been too common of impressing American Citizens, and especially with the aggravating Circumstances of going on board American vessells, which ought to be protected by the flagg of their soverign—

It is my duty also, to request Your Lordships interposition, to obtain for this <Compan> Person and his Companions their Liberty—

With great respect I have the honor / I am &c &c

J. A—

MHi: Adams Family Papers, Letterbooks.

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