. A note in
's hand at the bottom of the Letterbook copy reads: “on the 19 Oct. 1779 wrote the
same to Congress, concerning this Fishery.” See PCC
, No. 84, I, f. 97.
's letter, with “an extract from the proceedings of the general court,” arrived in
the congress on 1 Nov. It was read but not referred to a committee for action (
, 15:1231). Apart from changes made necessary by its being sent to the congress, the
letter was little altered.
omitted the statement that he procured his information from London on whaling off
Brazil and that it was “exact.” In concluding, he mentioned his unsuccessful effort
with his colleagues in Paris to persuade the French to take action. He also mentioned
his appeal to the Massachusetts Council but noted, correctly as it turned out, that
after the disastrous Penobscot Expedition, the state was unlikely to act.