The American Commissioners to the Committee of Commerce8
AL (draft): Massachusetts Historical Society; two copies: National Archives
<Passy, July 29, 1778: We have received your letter of May 289 by Captain Reed [Read]. We rejoice at the arrival of even 49 hogsheads of tobacco, but wish for more. As we are under contract with the farmers general to furnish 5,000 hogsheads, for which we have already received a million livres, we have consigned this small amount to them, rather than disposing of it at private sale.1 We have no further directions for Capt. Reed other than your orders to receive goods from Schweighauser. Your orders of May 16 will be attended to.2 We learn from Mr. Lovell’s letter of April 16 that Mr. Bingham is authorized to draw on us for not more than 100,000 livres. We will honor his drafts whenever we receive the order of Congress, but are anxious about our funds.3>
8. Published in Taylor, Adams Papers, VI, 331.
9. See XXVI, 537.
1. See the commissioners’ letter of July 27 to Schweighauser.
2. To liquidate accounts with Beaumarchais: XXVI, 475.
3. See BF to Lovell, July 22.