[Commissioners to John Daniel Schweighauser]
[dateline] Passi June 6. 1778
We had the Pleasure of yours of the first instant, Yesterday.1
We have directed Captain Whipple to address himself, as well as his Prize on her
Arrival to you, for the necessary Repairs of the Providence, of which We must leave
him to judge, to furnish him with necessary Victuals and Slops for his Men, not more
than one Suit of Cloaths for each Man of the Ships Compliment, and such munition of
War as he may want, in all which We recommend to him and to you the strictest Frugality,
which the distressed Circumstances of our Country demand. You request directions relative
to the part you are to act, on such Occasions towards the Custom House. All that We
can say, at present, is, that the American Men of War must comply with the Laws: but
We will endeavour to obtain explicit directions from his Majesty, concerning this
[salute] We are &c.
[signed] B. Franklin,
[signed] Arthur Lee,
[signed] John Adams.
[addrLine] Mr. Schweighauser.
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, 2015.