London Feb: 28— 1788—
A case most Humbly address’d to His Excellency John Adams Esqr. Ambasader from the States of America to his Britanick Majestey &c—
About ten years ago Doctor Hugh Shiell a very learn’d and Skillful Phisician went from Ireland his native Country to Philadelphia and was made a Member of Congress in a Little time after his arrival if publick report can be credited—It was also reported that Large Tracts of Land had been granted him at a place call’d Ken tuckey Where he carried on Extensive buildings and other Improvements to a very Large Amount, That he Married an Amiable young Lady of that Country by whom he got a Handsome Fortune and good Connexions, and Died soon after Leaving an Only child
The truly Disconsolate Mother of that Gentleman who is far advanced in Years and Three Orphan sisters to whom he behaved with Paternal fondness since the Death of Their Father which happen’d several years previous to His Departure for America, Having no acquaintance in That part of the World to apply to for Information Respecting the above particulars, most Humbly Implore the Attention and Pity of his Excellency, And Most earnestly beseech him to enquire Into, and Transmit to them, a full account of every circumstance Relative to the property—situation—family—and Death of The aforesaid Doctor Hugh Shiell &c &c—
His Mothers address—
Mrs Catherine Shiell at Balina near Castlebar Ireland—Doctor Patrick Shiell of London who has the honor of waiting on his Excellency with this Case, and who is Equally concerned for the Death of his Nephew He being the only Male of the family, most humbly begs a Line on the same subject Directed to Mills’s Coffee House Gerard street Soho London and will think himself Exceedingly happy to have it in his power at any time hereafter, to Serve his Excellency here or Elsewhere, in consideration of the trouble given his Excellency on this Melancholy Occasion &c—
MHi: Adams Papers.