The American Commissioners to the Eastern Navy Board7
AL (draft): Massachusetts Historical Society; two copies: National Archives
<Passy, July 29, 1778: We have received your letter of June 88 by Captain Barnes of the Dispatch, as well as the packets forwarded by the Massachusetts Council. We have given orders to Mr. Schweighauser to provide for the captain’s return voyage9 and have ordered our banker to give a month’s pay to him and his crew and an additional one hundred dollars to him in lieu of primage, as you instructed. P.S. We are surprised at the monstrous sum you want advanced to them here, in silver and gold. If it is really your intention, we wish you had specified the sums to be paid each individual.>
7. Published in Taylor, Adams Papers, VI, 333.
8. XXVI, 600–1.
9. Below, of this date.