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Docno: ADMS-06-07-02-0153

Author: Bondfield, John
Recipient: Franklin, Benjamin
Recipient: Lee, Arthur
Recipient: Adams, John
Recipient: First Joint Commission at Paris
Date: 1778-11-21

John Bondfield to the Commissioners

[salute] Sirs

I attended yesterday to the Vissit made by the Inspector of the Artillery of the Cannon laying at this Port belonging to Monsr. Le Bertin. The report is as favorable as can be given as to their appearance which is all that can be said of them until Proved. The following is the list given me in by the person who has them under his care.
77   Cannon du Calibre de   36£   du poids de   75     quintx   la piece foreé et tourné  
8    Do   24£    do   55   1/2   quintx    Do  
5    Do   12£    do   33   1/2   quintx    Do  
Les fraix d'epreuve des   pieces de   36£   vont environ de   80£   la piece  
  celles   24£    Idem   57    idem  
  celles   12£    idem   27    idem1  
There are in other Ports more belonging to the same concern on the same Mold. You will please to observe that the proving [of such?] heavy Artilery amounts to a considerable Sum. [Sh]ould you see fitting to order the proving be assured of my due attention as also to the quality of the Powder which being a perquisite of the Captain of the Port is made frequently with very little precaution.
Monsieur de La Touche has been so obliging as to order a frigate to take our Ships round from La Rochelle to Nantes where I expect they are arrived and loading the Various Articles there lodged which Mr. Schweighauser assured us would be prepared ready at their Arrival.
The latest Arrivals we have at this Port is from Alexandria of 20 Septembre of course we are without any intelegence other than is at your hands.
I have the Honor to be with due Respect, Sirs Your most Obedient Humble Servant
[signed] John Bondfield
{ 232 }
RC (PPAmP: Franklin Papers); addressed: “The Honbe Benj Franklin Arthur Lee John Adams Esqrs Commissioners from Congress at Paris”; docketed: “Mr Bondfield Letter”; in another hand: “J. Bondfield 21. Nov. 78.” The removal of the seal resulted in the loss of two words.
1. Bondfield here reports on his effort to procure cannon for the ship of the line America, as directed in the Commissioners' letter of 19 Aug. (not found, but see Bondfield's letter of 29 Aug., vol. 6:406–407). His figures indicate that, in quintals or hundredweights and after being bored and turned, a 36-pounder weighed approximately 7,500 pounds; a 24-pounder 5,550 pounds; and a 12-pounder 3,350 pounds. The cost of proving the cannon, according to his figures here, would be 6,751 livres.

Docno: ADMS-06-07-02-0154

Author: Adams, John
Recipient: Montgomery, Robert
Date: 1778-11-24

To Robert Montgomery

[salute] Sir

Your Favour of the Sixth of this Month, reached me, three days ago, I am much obliged to you, for communicating to me, the Intelligence contained in it. These orders of Government, afford no Ground for any decisive Conclusions respecting the Intentions of Spain, yet they discover that the Court is attentive to the Progress of the War, and We may expect that the more they think upon the Subject, the Sooner, they will be convinced of the Importance of it, to their Interests, and of the Wisdom of their taking a Part in it.
I can give you, no News from America, because Several Vessells have arrived at Bilboa, which left Boston and Newbury Port later than any We have from America.
All the News We have here respects the Captures of French Vessells by the English Privateers, and of English Privateers, by the French Men of War, in which they have been very Successfull. The Number of British Sailors, which has been captivated, is very considerable much more so than the Number of French Sailors taken by the English, which is perhaps a greater Loss to them, than the Capture of larger Portions of their Property, would have been.
I Shall be much obliged to you, for the Continuance of your Favours, because Intelligence is the soul of War, as it is indeed of every Thing human, but ispecially because every Thing that happens in Spain in Consequence of orders from Government, is important. I am, with much Respect, Sir, your humble servant.

Docno: ADMS-06-07-02-0155

Author: Franklin, Benjamin
Author: Lee, Arthur
Author: Adams, John
Author: First Joint Commission at Paris
Recipient: Schweighauser, John Daniel
Date: 1778-11-25

The Commissioners to J. D. Schweighauser

[salute] Sir

In Answer to your Letter of the seventeenth Instant,1 We desire you { 233 } would ship to America, all the Goods belonging to the United States, of every sort. And consequently to write for no more Workmen, but dismiss, immediately, all that remain if any.
We can give you no Directions about the Articles “entreposed” for the Coast of Guinea: because We understand nothing about the Matter. We neither understand, why, they were entreposed—nor what entreposing is.2
It is impossible for Us to apply to the Minister, without understanding the subject and knowing what Minister We are to apply to, and what Favour We are to apply for.
We leave it to your Judgment, to remove the salt Petre in the cheapest And best Manner for the Interest of the states.
1. Not found.
2. Schweighauser's meaning is no clearer to the editors than it was to the Commissioners, but “entreposed” may have been Schweighauser's attempt to anglicize the French word “entreposer,” which means to warehouse or store.
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, 2014.
http://www.masshist.org/apde2/