4. JA did, however, send AA substantially more than “some few Things” from Bilbao. They were furnished by the firm of Joseph Gardoqui & Sons, a mercantile house that had American connections, and they included tumblers, cups, knives, forks, green tea, bolts of linen cloth, and eighteen dozen “Barcelona Handkffs.,” at a total cost of 4,000 rials. They were shipped by Capt. James Babson in the Phoenix
, who sailed from Bilbao on 5 February. See Gardoqui & Sons to JA, 19 Feb.
, with invoice
enclosed (Adams Papers
); the invoice is reproduced as an illustration in the present volume. Babson arrived at Beverly, Mass., in forty-five days (Boston Gazette
, 20 March, suppl., p. 2, col. 1; see also AA to JQA, 20 March–8 May