[dateline] Bordeaux 13 June 1778
[salute] Honble. Sirs
I took the liberty to draw on your honors as the most assured means to obtain a certainty
of my letters in course getting to your hands.1
I am much obliged for the punctual honor you have paid to my drafts. I have to ask
your excuse for not more particularly explaining the cause of the price of fresh Beef.
The Pound of that article at Bordeaux is forty Ounces, during Lent which reignd all
the time the ship consumed fresh Provision, One Butcher Farms the supplies for the
Town, pays very heavy for the exclusive privaledge which of course falls on the consumer.
That as well as every other article I took due attention to obtain on the lowest terms
and that by the most surest of means paying Cash for every Article in this as in every
other circumstance that may be committed to my care of a strickt adherence to my duty
permit me to assure you. The Frigate put to Sea the 7th Instant in Company with two
french Frigates and several Merchant Men Bound for the United States. They were met
off Isl Dieu2
by a vessel arrived two days past. I am with due Respect your honors Most Obedient