Adams Papers

Enclosure: Invoice from Joseph Gardoqui & Sons to John Adams, 31 January 1780

Enclosure: Invoice from Joseph Gardoqui & Sons to John Adams

Bilbao 31st. Jany 17801

Invoice of Sundries shipp’d per the Phinix James Babson master for Newburyport on Account of the Honble. John Adams Esq.

No. 1 a 2.
1. A Case containing
4. Dozn. of tumblers a 8. rials 48.2
2. Do  Cups 8. do. 16. 48.
2. a Barrell
6. lb. Green tea a 60. rs. 360.
1. Dozn. Knifes 80.
1. Dozn. Forks 80.
1. Pce. of holland linen 27¼ v s.3 a 11. rs. 299. 254
6. Do  Do.    150. do 8 1200.
6. Dozn. Barcelona Handkffs a 104. 624.
12. Do  Do 102. 1224. 3867. 25
Case, Barrell, packing and carriage paid 84. 9
Bal. ser 4,000.5

Joseph Gardoqui & Sons

The content of all or some notes that appeared on this page in the printed volume has been moved to the end of the preceding document.

RC and enclosure (Adams Papers).

1This invoice is reproduced in vol. 3 of Adams Family Correspondence description begins Adams Family Correspondence, ed. L. H. Butterfield and others, Cambridge, 1963– description ends , facing p. 117.

2An error for 32.

3That is, 27¼ varas. The vara, a Spanish unit of measurement, equaled approximately 33 inches (OED description begins The Oxford English Dictionary, Oxford, 1933; 12 vols. and supplement. description ends ).

4The correct figure is 299.75.

5Four thousand reals equals 500 pesos or, as they were also known, dollars. This is considerably more than the sum mentioned in the first paragraph of this letter, assuming that JA had given his order in terms of dollars as the equivalent of pesos.

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