From Jonathan Williams
Nantes 12 Nov 1778
My last1 informed you of my Intention to send you by the Messagerie2 a Case of old W. India Spirit, and at the same time I requested you to send a dozen to Mr. Alexander and a dozen to Dr. Bancroft. I have now to inform you that it left Nantes last Saturday accompanied with an acquit a Caution which I request you to return to me properly indorsed at the Bureau at Paris. I must beg your particular attention to this formality, as otherwise I shall be subject to pay a heavy Duty and perhaps a Fine, Rum being contraband.
I have the honour to be with great Respect Sir Your most obed Ser.
P.S. There is a Packet in the Case, addressed to Mr. Alexander, which please to send to him.3
RC (Adams Papers).
2. The state-controlled overland shipping company (Larousse, Grand dictionnaire universel description begins Pierre Larousse, Grand dictionnaire universel du XIXe siècle ... , Paris, ; 15 vols. and supplements. description ends ).
3. The postscript was written in the left margin.