Adams Papers

John Bondfield to the Commissioners, 1 January 1779

John Bondfield to the Commissioners

Bordeaux 1 Jany 1779


I have the Honor to pay my most respectful Compliments of Season wishing prosperity to all your undertakings.

We are without any Arrivals since I had the Honor to write you the 5th Ultimo. By Letters from Nantes I am inform’d the Chasseur is Loaded and all is ready for the other Ship which contrary winds have detaind near two Months at Isl of Rhé not more than 24 hours sail from Nantes.1 I rejoice to learn a Convoy is appointed as we may thereby promise ourselves more protection than merchant Ships could otherways give to each other. The continued advices of Captures has Stagnated all private expeditions. Premiums out or home are at 60 P Cent which absorbs the Capital. I have the Honor to be respectfully Sirs Your very hhb Servant

John Bondfield

Loss’s sustained at this [port?] since January 1778
Ships going or coming from the West Indies taken 48
Ships going or coming from the United States 56
 lost on the Coast of America and the Islands 31

Most of them ships from 200 to 500 tons.

RC (PPAmP: Franklin Papers); addressed: “The Honble. Benjn. Franklin, Arthur Lee & John Adams Commissrs. from Congress at Paris”; docketed: “J. Bondfield 1 Jan. 79. to Commrs.”

1The Chasseur and the Governor Livingston (see Bondfield’s letter of 9 Jan., below).

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