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Docno: ADMS-06-07-02-0020

Author: Williams, Jonathan
Recipient: Franklin, Benjamin
Recipient: Lee, Arthur
Recipient: Adams, John
Recipient: First Joint Commission at Paris
Date: 1778-09-10

Jonathan Williams to the Commissioners

[salute] Honble. Gentlemen

Monsieur Montaudouin has this Day received a Letter from Monsieur Kergariou Commander of the French Frigate L'oiseau off Bellisle, informing him that the Guernsey and Jersey Privateers which infest this Bay, obtain Provisions at Bilboa under the Flag of the United States, pretending to be Americans.
I think it my Duty to give you this Information and hope some Means may be found to prevent further Imposition.
I have the honour to be with great Respect Honble Gentlemen Your most obedient Servant
[signed] Jona Williams
RC (PPAmP: Franklin Papers); docketed: “Mr Williams Sept. 10”; in another hand: “78.”

Docno: ADMS-06-07-02-0021

Author: Adams, John
Recipient: Laurens, Henry
Recipient: President of Congress
Date: 1778-09-11

To the President of the Congress

[salute] Sir

I have the Honour to inclose to Congress, the latest Gazettes. We have no other Intelligence than is contained in them.
Since the 11. July the Date of Lord Howes Letter, announcing the Arrival of the Compte D'Estaing off Sandy Hook,1 We have not a syllable from America by Way of England. In France We have nothing from America Since 3 July. This long Interval leaves a vast Scope for Imagination to play, and accordingly there is no End to the Speculations, prompted by the Hopes and Fears of the Nations of Europe. We are Weary of Conjectures, and must patiently wait for Time to end them. I have the Honour to be, with very great Respect, sir your most obedient servant2
[signed] John Adams
RC (PCC, No. 84, I, f. 17); docketed: “Letter from J. Adams Sept. 11. 1778. Referred to Comee on foreign affrs.” LbC (Adams Papers); notation: “favd by 1st Lt in the service of So Car. and by Capt John Gale.”
1. Howe's letter, as printed in the English newspapers, reached JA and the other Commissioners on 30 Aug. (JA, Diary and Autobiography, 2:319; see also London Chronicle, 22–25 Aug.).
2. This letter was probably that read before the congress on 12 Dec. (JCC, 12:1214).

Docno: ADMS-06-07-02-0022

Author: Franklin, Benjamin
Author: Lee, Arthur
Author: Adams, John
Author: First Joint Commission at Paris
Recipient: Bondfield, John
Date: 1778-09-11

The Commissioners to John Bondfield

[salute] Sir

Yours of the fifth instant1 We have received. We wish better Health to Captain Ayers,2 and a safe Passage to his Vessell, which is at sea { 26 } before now no doubt, if not however she is to sail forthwith, without further orders.
Your Draughts for the Account inclosed will be duely honoured. But you must distinguish that Part of it, which belongs to Mr. Adams in his private Capacity from the other Articles of the Account, and from those which were advanced to him for his own Captain Palmes's and Dr. Noels Expences at Bourdeaux and from thence to Paris.
For the Articles Sent by you, to Mr. Adams's Family in America, to the amount of Eight hundred and Eighty Eight Livres and twelve Sols, together with your Commissions on that sum, you will please to draw on Mr. Adams in his private Capacity who will honour your Draught at Sight. For the Remainder draw on the Commissioners, who will pay the Draught the same Respect.3
This however is not to affect a Question, which remains to be discussed between you and the other Continental Agents, concerning the Amount of your Commissions. Nor is this to be considered as a settlement of your Accounts. You have charged five Per Cent Commissions. But We apprehend this Commission is too high, and that many Persons would be willing to do the Business for <Three> Two Per Cent. <or less.>
We are sir, your humb sert
1. Not found.
2. John Ayres of the Arnold Packet.
3. The portion of Bondfield's account relating to JA included 1,404 livres advanced at Bordeaux and the sum mentioned here for goods sent to America. JA's personal accounts indicate that both amounts were paid on 25 May (JA, Diary and Autobiography, 2:328–329), but see also JA's letter to Bondfield of 3 June (vol. 6:175, calendar entry; Diary and Autobiography, 4:126). The remainder of the accounts apparently totaled 82,684.10 livres, which the Commissioners' accounts from 9 Aug. to 12 Nov. indicate had been ordered paid on 9 Sept. (vol. 6:360).
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.