[Commissioners to John Bondfield]
[dateline] Passi June 4. 1778
Your Letters of the 26th and 30th. of May, We have received:5
the first accompanying the Accounts of Supplies &c. for the Boston; the last inclosing
an Affidavit of a Plott against her Safety. Upon looking over the Accounts, We find
some Articles, particularly fresh Beef, charged at a very high rate; but We suppose
this Article must be dearer at Bourdeaux, than it is at Paris or Nantes, as We depend
upon your Attention to procure every Thing, at the most reasonable rate. By the Rangers
Account, she was supplied with fresh Beef, at five Sols and an half a pound, whereas
in your Account fifteen Sols are charged....Your Bills will be honoured as you have
drawn them. We hope, the Boston, before this time is gone. As the Expence of supporting
such Ships is very great, they ought not to be in port one moment longer than is necessary.
As to the Plott: We shall communicate the Affidavit to the Ministry: But in the mean
time, We depend upon it, that Captain Tucker will make some Example among the Guilty,
on board of his Ship, if there are any, and that the Government at Bourdeaux, will
punish any Person, at Land, who shall be found guilty of this Conspiracy or any other
By all that We can learn there is a Junto of Ennemies in that Neighbourhood, who must
be brought to reason by Severity, if nothing else will do. We have the Honor to be,
with very great respect, Sir, your most obedient Servants
[signed] Signed B. Franklin,
[signed] Arthur Lee,
[signed] John Adams.
[addrLine] John Bondfield Esqr.
P.S. Your Bills are accepted