[dateline] Passy, Nov. 20. 1778
You are to go by the shortest Road to Dieppe, and make all the Dispatch possible.1
At Dieppe enquire for Mr. Baron, Merchant there, and take his Advice whether to go
off to the Ship, or to acquaint the Captain with your Arrival2
send him the Letters you have for him, and desire him to come and meet you on shore.
The last is safest for the Intelligence you may obtain, as well as for you, if the
Weather should be stormy.
You are to make all the Enquiries noted in the Paper annexed; and put down the Answers
in Writing; as well as other Matters he may communicate to you: in which be very exact
You are to enquire if he wants Hands, and acquaint him that there may probably be
some to be had here at his Return from his Cruise, if that should occasion a Diminution
of his Numbers.
You are to keep an exact Account of your Expences, and use the utmost Frugality therein:3
By this, your Diligence and Expedition in going and Returning, and your Exactness
in executing these Orders, you will recommend yourself to our Approbation.
[signed] B Franklin
[signed] John Adams