. Boylston was going to France to negotiate a contract to supply American whale oil.
On Boylston's sale of oil to the French, see JA
to James Bowdoin, 24 March 1786 (MHi
: Bowdoin-Temple Papers, now in Winthrop Papers; printed in MHS, Colls.
, 7th ser., 6 :92–93).
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, 2017.