Boston April 26. 1811
Having our Ship the Hugh Johnston, William Johnston Master, now bound for St. Petersburgh with a Cargo of considerable value, we take the liberty of requesting of You the Honor of a letter to Your Son the Honble John Quincy Adams, stating to Him Your confidence of the Neutrality of said Ship & Cargo; this vessel is consigned to Mr Joseph Austen a Citizen of Boston as Super Cargo, He has already taken passage in a Brig belonging to us, & expects to meet this ship at St Petersburgh.—
We pray You Sir to excuse the Liberty we take in troubling You with this request, & plead the very critical state of our Commerce in Europe as an excuse.—
With Sentiments of the highest respect / We are Your obedient Servants—
Loring & Curtis
MHi: Adams Papers.