11. Augst. 1779
[salute] My amiable Friend
This Evening I have satisfactory Intelligence of the real Embarkation of your very dear Treasure at <Nantes>
I'Orient the 17th. of June and that he was left well 12 days after, off the western Islands. The Secretary of Arthur Lee arrived at Metompkin, Virginia, Augst. 1st. in a very swift sailing Vessel.1
Mr. Adams told him at parting that he had good News for Congress and sent his Respects. The Secretary is not here but a Connecticutt Captain a Passenger in the same Vessel is my Author. There is a very lazy Vessel in Company with the Baggage of the french Minister who is with Mr. Adams; so that you need not be uneasy meerly on Account of Time. But I must honestly say that there
is a risque both from Arbuthnot and Collier. God grant he may escape both, and speedily embrace his dear Family.