Pierce Powers to the American Commissioners5
LS: American Philosophical Society
<Brest hospital, June 22, 1778: I was wounded in the engagement with the Drake, and am recovered enough to go home. Now that I can no longer serve my country, please get me passage as soon as possible.6>
5. Published in Taylor, Adams Papers, VI, 231.
6. Jones had corroborated his story some weeks before: ibid., p. 164. He obviously got no reply, for on July 7 he wrote again, this time in his own hand to BF. He was born in Dover, Del., served as midshipman under Jones, and suffered the loss of his right arm and a wound in his left hand. In consequence, “I am not fet for the Sea Serves.” APS.