Recipient: Franklin, Benjamin
Recipient: Lee, Arthur
Recipient: Adams, John
Recipient: First Joint Commission at Paris
[dateline] Bordeaux 2 feby. 1779
Captain Jason Laurence belonging to the Schooner General Arnold Arrived here Yesterday
by a dutch Ship being put on board by a Jersey Privateer that took the Schooner the
1 Decr. fifteen Leagues from Belle Isle.
He informs me the Vessel belonged to Genl. Arnold that she was the first that had
been Launcht at Phila. since the recovery.1
He left that City the 4 Novr. had on board Packets from Congress for you and many
Letters and Packets and for Account of the Owner 84 hhds. Tobacco and three Thousand
Pounds sterling in Bills of Exchange drawn by order of Congress on you, all which
he destroyd when taken.
Greater Unanimity than ever in the State of <Philadelphia>
Pensilvania and Spirrit in Philadelphia. The three Frigates set on fire by the Enemy
being only on One Side Burnt they had got them upon the Stocks and repairing them
When he left Port they had not receiv'd one Vessel from Europe but as he past the
Capes he met a small french Brig from this Port going in. All European Goods were
scarce and are dear Salt seven pounds ten Shilling the Bushell. He was unacquainted
with the State of Affairs to the Southward and to the Eastward all appeard to him
as favorable as situations would admit. He knew of no other vessel at Philadelphia
destind emediately this way but understood many were preparing at Cheasapeak Bay.
The English Privateers are Numerous off this Bay. A vessel belonging to Bayonne in
the Space of three degrees chased and was chased by upwards of Thirty—Two she took.
Four stout frigates sent amongst them would make a clear Coast very shortly. We hope
our Ships will be so escorted as to put them out of Danger. We are as well as the
Publick deeply concernd not being able to get ensured, our Interest and the little
we have got done is at 60 Per Cent.
I have the Honor to be with due Respect Sirs Your most Obedient Humble serviteur