Jonathan Williams, Jr., to the American Commissioners
ALS: American Philosophical Society
Nantes Feb. 27. 1777.
That you may be able to judge of the Quality of the arms when remounted I have ordered one of each to be sent by the messagerie6 which will come directed to Mr. Carmichael in the same manner as the samples of those sent by the Mercury did. The workmen are constantly at Work upon the Ship, and Shipackers are also at Work on the Bales, all is going on as fast as possible. I have the Honour to be with great Respect Your most obedient Servant
Mr. Lesterjate went away this morning to go on board his Ship which will sail the first Wind.7
The Honbl The Deputies of the United States.
Addressed: A Monsieur / Monsieur Franklin LLD / a l’Hotel d’Hambourg / Rue Jacob / a / Paris.
Notation: Mr Williams Nantes Febry. 27th 1777
6. Turgot had recently reformed and centralized under the government the old system of transporting packages and travelers: Larousse, Dictionnaire universel under Messagerie.
7. See Lestarjette to BF above, under Dec. 15.