. “According to Your request I have to inform You, that the letters intrusted to my
care to go by the Ships Cicero and Buccaneir I have Deliver'd to the Captns. Hill
and Phearson. . . . their Sailing is still Very uncertain” (Joshua Barney to
, Lorient, 18 Dec. 1782, Adams Papers
). Hugh Hill commanded the Cicero
had sailed home from Bilbao the year before), and Jesse Fearson the Buccanier
; both vessels belonged to the Cabots of Beverly (L. Vernon Briggs, History and Genealogy of the Cabot Family
, Boston, 1927, 1:77, 83–84, 95–98).