Recipient: Williams, Jonathan
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Passy, 25 May 1778. printed
: JA, Diary and Autobiography
. Replying to Williams' letters of 11
May (both above), this letter, drafted by Adams, advised Williams that he had no
power to act at Brest in regard either to prizes or to American commerce. J. D. Schweighauser
was the American agent in that port, having received his powers from the congress
through his appointment by William Lee. The Commissioners, therefore, revoked Williams'
powers in order to save money and prevent confusion and delay. He was immediately
to deliver all stores and merchandise in his possession to Schweighauser and send
his accounts to the Commissioners.