. The dimensions of the “Cases” are inserted here from the third page of Lovell's letter.
These cases contained the goods
had ordered a year earlier from James Moylan, merchant at Lorient, to be sent as
and various relatives and friends; see
to Moylan, 22 Feb. 1780
, Adams Papers
), the relevant portion of which is quoted in a note on
's letter to
, 12 Feb. 1780
, vol. 3:273
, above. As numerous allusions in the correspondence that followed make clear, the
goods were to have been shipped to Boston in the Alliance
in care of Dr. Amos Windship. But they became the victims of the quarrels that beset
that unfortunate vessel and all who had anything to do with it, and were left behind
when the Alliance
finally sailed in the summer. See
, 3 Sept.
), 18 Oct.
, 13–24 Nov. 1780
, both above.
repeatedly inquired what had happened to the goods, and Moylan at length replied
on 29 Dec. 1780 that John Paul Jones had “encharged himself” with them and had sailed
in the Ariel
on the 18th of that month (Adams Papers
). In a letter to
of 1 March 1781
, below, Lovell furnished an itemized list, and he soon forwarded some of the less
bulky articles (see his letter of 5 March
, below), but late in April
was still awaiting most of the shipment and gave vent to her feelings about Moylan's
negligence from start to finish (to
, 23 April