John Bondfield to the Commissioners
Bordeaux 23 June 1778
We are without any object Interesting other than the Eclat with which Le Marquis D’Almadova1 is receiv’d by the Governor Intendant and other Cheif officers of this City. He appears much a Man of the World.
He will leave this to Morrow for Paris where he proposes to stay Six Days. His Retinue which is Numerous creates delay by what I learn of them who have had opportunity to introduce themselves into his Family. They do not expect their residence in London will be of long durrée. I hear nothing further of the Boston. No vessels arrived on this Coast since my last. Nine American Seamen arrived here yesterday from St. Sebastians part of a Crew, taken by a Jersey privateer, from Edenton landed on the Biscay Coast. I am with great Respect Your honors Most Obedient Servant
RC (PPAmP: Franklin Papers); addressed: “The Honble. Benj Franklin Arthur Lee John Adams Esqrs. Commissioners from Congress at Paris”; docketed in an unknown hand: “Bonfield 23. Juin 1778.”; in another hand: “Bondfield June 23. 78.”
1. Pedro de Luxan y Silva, marques de Almodovar, the newly appointed Spanish ambassador to Great Britain, took up his post on or about 17 July, departing there from on 20 June 1779, the day before the declaration of war between the two nations (Repertorium der diplomatischen Vertreter aller Länder description begins Repertorium der diplomatischen Vertreter aller Länder seit dem Westfälischen Frieden (1648), ed. Ludwig Bittner and others, Oldenburg, &c., 1936–1965; 3 vols. description ends , 3:432).