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Docno: ADMS-06-07-02-0208

Author: Bondfield, John
Recipient: Franklin, Benjamin
Recipient: Lee, Arthur
Recipient: Adams, John
Recipient: First Joint Commission at Paris
Date: 1779-01-01

John Bondfield to the Commissioners

[salute] Sirs

I have the Honor to pay my most respectful Compliments of Season wishing prosperity to all your undertakings.
We are without any Arrivals since I had the Honor to write you the 5th Ultimo. By Letters from Nantes I am inform'd the Chasseur is { 329 } | view Loaded and all is ready for the other Ship which contrary winds have detaind near two Months at Isl of Rhé not more than 24 hours sail from Nantes.1 I rejoice to learn a Convoy is appointed as we may thereby promise ourselves more protection than merchant Ships could otherways give to each other. The continued advices of Captures has Stagnated all private expeditions. Premiums out or home are at 60 P Cent which absorbs the Capital. I have the Honor to be respectfully Sirs Your very hhb Servant
[signed] John Bondfield
Loss's sustained at this [port?] since January 1778
Ships going or coming from the West Indies taken   48  
Ships going or coming from the United States   56  
 lost on the Coast of America and the Islands   31  
Most of them ships from 200 to 500 tons.
RC (PPAmP: Franklin Papers); addressed: “The Honble. Benjn. Franklin, Arthur Lee & John Adams Commissrs. from Congress at Paris”; docketed: “J. Bondfield 1 Jan. 79. to Commrs.”
1. The Chasseur and the Governor Livingston (see Bondfield's letter of 9 Jan., below).
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, 2018.