I have received your Favour of the 12 and yesterday, the Rum was brought here consisting of forty Eight Bottles. Two I Suppose had been used to wet the Whistle of the Porters.
I paid Seventy five Livres1 and the Man was or pretended to be wroth that I gave him no more.230
Mr. Alexander Shall have his Dozen and his Packet and Dr. Bancroft, his.
I beg of you to draw upon me for the Cost of the Rum which shall be paid immediately.2
Inclosed you have the Acquit Caution, as you desired.
I am your humble servant.
This sum was paid by JA on 20 Nov. (Household Accounts, 1 Oct. 1778 – 23 Feb. 1779, above).
No record of a payment to Williams for the rum has been found, but see Williams to JA, 17 Nov. (above).