Jonathan Williams, Jr., to the American Commissioners5
ALS: American Philosophical Society
<Nantes, April 28, 1778: I have received a consignment from M. Grand, which he tells me was shipped on your account; what do I do with it? I have also received 196 swivel guns for which you paid Mr. Merckle; they are the worst I ever saw and should be sold for scrap. From the same source come muskets and parts for them. Of the clothes, arms, etc., remaining in the magazine, I can ship at the moment only a small part, if any. Some 30 tons of anchors that I imported from Spain have arrived; perhaps they can go on the Boston. Except for them, I shall need only 20,000 l.t. more to close my accounts.6>
5. Published in Taylor, Adams Papers, VI, 66–8.
6. As instructed in the commissioners’ letter above, April 13.