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Letter from John Lloyd to John Sloss Hobart



Queen' s Village, April 8, 1776.

SIR: As the affairs of my uncle, Henry Lloyd, Esq˙, respecing his estate, have come to my care, his particular situation renders it necessary that something should be done that his interest may not go to destruction; which I should be glad to prevent, by affording all the assistance in my power, provided I can do it with safety to myself. My uncle, you know, sir, is under the censure of the publick, and so far considered an unfriendly man to his country, as, I think, renders it unsafe for any one to transact business for him without the permission of the higher powers in this matter. I take the liberty of asking your advice respecting the propriety of applying to the Provincial Congress for consent in this affair. At the same time, should be obliged for your opinion how far I may engage in these matters, until I can obtain full power to act. Our situation is as much exposed to the enemy as any in the Sound, and I think this circumstance alone will be an argument that something should be done with his interest, especially stock, which I propose selling if leave can be obtained. If my ideas of this matter should agree with yours, I should be much obliged if you would write to Mr˙ Treadwell, who, I suppose, is now at Congress, and request the favour of him to lay the matter before the House as soon as he thinks proper. I should be glad it might be soon.

I am your very humble servant,


To John Sloss Hobart, Esq.