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Letter from Josiah Martin to George Sackville Germain, Viscount Sackville
Martin, Josiah, 1737-1786
March 14, 1777
Volume 11, Page 711

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[B. P. R. O. America & West Ind: B. T. Vol: 313. p. 305.]

Long Island near New York.
March 14th 1777.

My Lord,

I have the honour to represent to your Lordship that the Bearer Mr Robert Nelson late of North Carolina Merchant has uniformly conducted himself as became a loyal subject during the Rebellion in America and I therefore most humbly presume to recommend to your Lordship's favourable consideration his unfortunate case set forth in the Memorial he will present herewith in full confidence that it is a faithful narrative of his designs and misfortunes.

Your Lordship will perceive that while this unfortunate sufferer was obliged to submit to all the ordinances of the Rebels in order to rescue property out of their hands with a view to the discharge of his just debts in England he thereby made his vessel and cargoe liable to seizure and condemnation under the late act of Parliament and that after undergoing all the persecution of the Rebels in North Carolina being taken by one of their Privateers and escaping out of that danger he is finally ruined by falling into the hands of his Majesty's Fleet at Rhode Island from which he expected aid and protection on making his honest story known.

This case, my Lord, appears to me of so compassionate a nature that I cannot withstand Mr Nelson's sollicitations to bring it to your Lordship's knowledge and I am hopeful your Lordship will hold me justified for interesting myself thus far in the matter.

I am &c:

Rec'd 7th June.