Adams Papers

To John Adams from Benjamin Bousfield, 20 September 1788

Lakelands, near Cork Sepr. 20th. 1788

Dear Sir

The Civility and Attention I receiv’d from you when I was in London with my Brother, Bishop Provost, has made an Impression too strong for me to neglect any opportunity of expressing my Gratitude, and gives me Confidence to solicit new Favors—

With these Sentiments, I presume to introduce to your Acquaintance, & to entreat your protection of Mr Dobbyn, who will have the Honor to present this Letter. He is a Gentleman of this Country, who wishes to establish himself in yours. He takes with him no inconsiderable Capital, and possesses an ample Stock of private Honor and public Virtue—He is descended from an antient Family, Who have had their Estate for <[. . .]> centuries past in the Neighbourhood of Waterford—He has been uniformly Attach’d to the Cause of America, and a steady Asserter of the Rights of Ireland—Disgusted with the disgraceful Politicks of his own Country, revering the past Efforts, and admiring the rising greatness of your States, together with some untoward Events as to his property, occasioned by too friendly and unsuspicious an Heart, He seeks an Assylum where to devote the remainder of his Life, and embark the Remnant of his Fortune (about six Thousand Pounds British) in forming a permanent Establishment in your land of Freedom—He means to apply to Congress for a Grant of Lands: in this, you may probably be able to serve him powerfu[lly] and by doing so, you will not only confer a favor on an Individual already oppress’d by weight of Obligation, but, what will be more essential, you will render service to America; as the settlement of so worthy a Character as Mr Dobbyn must be a great Acquisition to any Country, and his Loss severely felt by that from which He departs—

I request my most respectful Compliments to Mrs Adams, to the Gentleman who acted as your Secretary, and to every Individual of your Family with whom I had the honor to be acquainted—I entreat that, <you> should you have any Friend coming to Ireland, or any thing to be done at this side the Atlantic, you will gratify me with an opportunity to obey your Commands, and to testify with what Esteem and Respect I have the Honor to be, Dr Sir / your most faithful & obt. Sert

Ben: Bousfield

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