Adams Papers

From John Adams to John Marshall, 17 September 1800

Quincy Sept 17. 1800

Dear Sir

In answer to your favor of the 6th I agree upon the whole with you. The law considers the whole of the Island as a dependance on France, which raises some doubt of the power of the Executive to discharge & restore the vessel captured by Capt Talbot. If therefore the interested should insist on the judgment of the judiciary, the plan you propose will be the safest. Capt Talbot I am convinced will make no difficulty but his officers & men may. Sir William Scotts law, that there is a right in the captors to proceed with the prosecution against the will of the crown seems to be in point.

With sincere attachment &c

MHi: Adams Family Papers, Letterbooks.

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