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. Jackson had written to
from Bilbao on 12 Nov.
), saying that the Cicero
would not sail on the 16th as he had hoped, because “a sudden fresh in the river,
which impedes the ship's loading, will oblige us to wait for the next spring-tide.”
(For details on the sailing, on or about 10 Dec., see John Trumbull's account, quoted
below at Isaac Smith Sr. to
, 23 Jan. 1782, note 1
.) Jackson added the news from America that Cornwallis had offered to capitulate and
“is very well.”