Adams Papers

To John Adams from Samuel Austin, 20 November 1787

Boston 20th. Novemr. 1787


Since my last in answer to your Excellencies Letter of the 25th March 1786. I find the difficulties you mentioned, in Regard to the Laws of these States; which were in force against the Recovery of Brittish debts are removed, and that those Laws are repeald, and understanding your Excellency intends by leave of Congress, to Return next Spring to America, you will excuse my troubling you once more about my demand on Goverment, which as it is very considerable, and Mr. Harrsons demand on me as important, that you will be so kind as to Converse with him before you leave England, who I have desir’d to wait on you, that he may with your Excellency, Consult upon the best method I can take, with regard to his and my demand, that so I may when you Return to America, know what I have to depend upon, as his debt and my demand lay Equally heavy on my mind, and I want very much to have it Settled.

It would hurt me greatly for Mr. Harrison to make his demand on me here, when the British Govert. by Order of Genl. How took his Effects from me, to prevent the Rebels (as he call’d them) being bennifitted by them, and never meant to allinate the Property, as will abundantly appear by the Papers sent you from Congress. I must therefore intreat you Sir to quiet Mr. Harrison whom at present I have no reason to think unfriendly.

I hope you will be guarded by a good Providence and Returd with your family to your Native Country in safety.

I am with the greatest Respect to your Excellency / Your Most Obedient and / Humble Servant

Samuel Austin

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