Writings of John Quincy Adams - Vol. 2

Writings of John Quincy Adams - Vol. 2

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Writings of John Quincy Adams - Vol. 2

Writings of John Quincy Adams - Vol. 2

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In my letter to Mr. Randolph of April 2., 1795, I mentioned a complaint of Mr. Bourne that several American captains had in the midst of the preceding winter discharged their sailors, and thereby thrown many of them upon the streets to suffer the extreme severity of an unexampled season, or to depend altogether upon the consul for relief. The difference in the current rate of mariners' wages between the American and European prices was the temptation which induced some captains to a conduct so inhuman and iniquitous, and the sailors who suffered in consequence of it were so numerous, that I then took the liberty to recommend the subject to the attention of the Secretary of State, as deserving the special provision of a remedy to the evil. I have heard no further complaints against Mr. Parish, since I had the honor to write you from London in answer to your favor of November 23, 1795.1 The occasion in which I presume the disposition to complain against him had originated is past, and it is probable that his character as a British subject and agent is the principal, if not the only objection against his continuing to hold the office of American consul. The objection if resolved into this general one, that he is not a native, nor even a citizen of the United States, . . .

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