Letter from Amistad Captives to John Quincy Adams
Transcription: Mr John Q Adams, Dear Friend, We thank you very much because you make us free because you love all Mendi people. They give you money for Mendi people and you say you will not take it, because you love Mendi people. We love you very much & we will pray for you when we rise up in the morning & when we lie down at night. We hope the Lord will love you very much & take you up to heaven when you die. We pray for all the good people who make us free. Wicked people want to make us slaves but the great God who has made all things raise up friends for Mendi people he give us Mr Adams the he may make me free & all Mendi people free Mr Adams we write our names for you. Kali -- Mr Adams, Dear Friend we write this to you because you plead with the Great Court to make us free and now we are free and joyful we thank the Great God. I hope God will bless you dear friend. Mendi people will remember you when we go to our own country & we will tell our friends about you and we will say to them Mr Adams is a great man and he plead for us and how very glad we be and our friends will love you very much because you was a very good man and oh how joyful we shall be. Mendi hope the great God will send down His Holy Spirit upon you and have mercy upon you & that our dear saviour Jesus Christ will bless you and give you a new heart. We write this because you plead for us. We give you good love. Kinna -- Dear Friend I desire to write you a letter because you be so kind to poor Mendi people. Dear Friend I call you my Father because you set us free. Mendi people thank you very much and we will pray for you every day and night that god will keep you from danger Dear sir who make you become great President over America people God"u2014God make everything. He make men to do good and love one another. Your Friend Foole -- Mr Adams We write our names for you in this Bible that you may remember Mendi people. Some cannot write so we write for them. Kali Cinqui Cici Kinna Faliama Barma Tagino Batu.