[Commissioners to John Bondfield]
[dateline] May 25. 1778
Your favours of the 12 and 17 of May are before Us.5
They contain Information of an interesting nature, which We shall attend to as soon
as Circumstances will admit.
We thank you for the punctuality, with which you, from time to time, furnish us with
Intelligence, as it arises in your City; and wish for a continuance of your favours
in that Way.
You desire We should write you, that your Bills on Us, will be duely honoured....We
request that you would transmit Us, an Account of your disbursements, and after We
shall have received and examined your Accounts, your Bills for the ballance shall
be duely honoured.
We must request you, as We do every other American Agent for the future, to transmit
Us your Accounts monthly, that We may know the State of our Affairs, and not run deeper
in debt, than We shall be able to pay, which there is no small danger of. We have
the honour to be, with great respect, Sir &c.
[signed] Signed B. Franklin,
[signed] Arthur Lee,
[signed] John Adams.
[addrLine] John Bondfield Esq. Bourdeaux.