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Docno: ADMS-06-07-02-0155

Author: Franklin, Benjamin
Author: Lee, Arthur
Author: Adams, John
Author: First Joint Commission at Paris
Recipient: Schweighauser, John Daniel
Date: 1778-11-25

The Commissioners to J. D. Schweighauser

[salute] Sir

In Answer to your Letter of the seventeenth Instant,1 We desire you { 233 } would ship to America, all the Goods belonging to the United States, of every sort. And consequently to write for no more Workmen, but dismiss, immediately, all that remain if any.
We can give you no Directions about the Articles “entreposed” for the Coast of Guinea: because We understand nothing about the Matter. We neither understand, why, they were entreposed—nor what entreposing is.2
It is impossible for Us to apply to the Minister, without understanding the subject and knowing what Minister We are to apply to, and what Favour We are to apply for.
We leave it to your Judgment, to remove the salt Petre in the cheapest And best Manner for the Interest of the states.
1. Not found.
2. Schweighauser's meaning is no clearer to the editors than it was to the Commissioners, but “entreposed” may have been Schweighauser's attempt to anglicize the French word “entreposer,” which means to warehouse or store.
Cite web page as: Founding Families: Digital Editions of the Papers of the Winthrops and the Adamses, ed.C. James Taylor. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 2018.