New York 5 Decembr 1787
I beg leave to recommend to your good offices, and friendly protection, the bearer Mrs. Mercer of this city, the widow of the late Mr. Richard Mercer Purveyor General of the Suthern Hopital of the United States. Mr. Mercer was formerly a respectable merchant in Charleston, South Carolina; and in addition to very considerable losses, which he sustained by the war his family suffered the severe misfortune of his Death before the return of peace—
A large debt is due to this family from a brother who has lately returned to England from the Indies, after an absence of many years. Mrs. Mercer goes to England to recover this property: the validity of her claims cannot be denied; and if the Debtor was within the reach of our laws, her remedy would be expeditious & complete—Mrs. Mercer is a lady of good Education and great politeness, she is esteemed and respected by the first people in this city, and I will consider myself as particularly obliged by your kind attention, and advice, to her, in her present pursuit.
With Sentiments of the highest respect, I have the honor to be, Dear Sir, your obt. and very hble servt.
MHi: Adams Papers.