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“I have made all possible search and enquiry for the Breeches you mention belonging
to your Son, containing the Money, but have not been able to get any tidings of them.
I do not remember having seen any such at the time you were here. I know that many
things were left carelessly loose by the Servants, and am affraid that some of the
Porters have got hold of them. I really do not expect that they will be found in this
House, after the search that has been made.”
concluded that the guineas had been lost or stolen “upon the road” between Bordeaux
and Paris (to McCreery, 14 May
, printed in JA, Diary and Autobiography
), and entered them in the column of expenditures in his Accounts for 1778–1779 (same,
). The “Breeches” having become “a Garment” in these Accounts, they were further transformed
in the final resolutions of Congress by which
was reimbursed. In these the pertinent entry reads: “Money lost which was sewed in
the lining of a Coat which was stolen” (enclosure in James Lovell to
, 14 May 1780
, printed below).