1. That is, William McCreery, evidently from Baltimore, whom JA had known in America and who had recently “Setled in Bordeaux in the mercantile way” (AA to JA, 18 May 1778
; JA, Autobiography, under the present date
). JA and McCreery corresponded on commercial subjects for some years, though at first their letters rather amusingly centered on a pair of homespun breeches, lost by JQA in Bordeaux, that contained eight guineas sewed into the waistband. McCreery returned to America in 1781 (Franklin, Writings, ed. Smyth
, 7:261, note). If he is the William McCreery who became a U.S. representative and senator from Maryland, the notice of him in
Biog. Dir. Cong
, is inadequate.