. Alexander Gillon's representation has not been found. The enclosed agreement, dated
28 April and in John Laurens' hand, documents Laurens' promise to purchase on Congress'
account £10,000 worth of goods from the cargo of the frigate South Carolina
, thereby enabling Gillon to pay off his creditors and sail for the U.S. In return,
Gillon agreed to surrender the original invoices to Laurens' agent, provide the maximum
cargo space for Congress' goods by removing all nonessential items from the frigate,
load the ship expeditiously, and proceed directly to Philadelphia by the northern
route around Scotland, thereby avoiding British privateers lurking in the English
Channel. The agreement served the needs of both men, but it was never executed as
intended because of Gillon's actions as commander of the South Carolina
, and the differing expectations of Laurens and Franklin regarding the funds available
for their use.