Benjamin Franklin Papers

John Bondfield to the American Commissioners, 17 August 1778

John Bondfield to the American Commissioners

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Bordeaux 17 Augt. 1778


By Monsieur Le Norman1 who left this yesterday I had the Honor to advise you of the ill State of Health of Cap. Ayres and of my apprehendtion of his incapacity to proceed. I am more confirmd in my doubts his Physicians assuring me it will be imposible for him to resist the sharpness of the Air and the fatigue of the Passage, and of which he appears himself convinct by his conversation to me last Evening. The Vessel2 will be off the Waies this evening and by Saturday will have her provissions Water &c. on board ready to proceed. The Captain has on board a few Hogsheads Tobacco and other triffles given him by Genl. Warren3 and others his Freinds in Boston the proceeds to be laid out in Family Stores for themselves. There is no Goods on Board on Account of the States.

Permit me to refer you to mine of Yesterday with regard to my favorite Plan which I should be happy to find correspond with your Ideas of its Utility. I have the Honor to be with due Respect Sirs Your most Obedient Humble Servant

John Bondfield

Paris The Honbles the Commissioners

Addressed: The Honble. Benj Franklin / Arthur Lee. John Adams Esq / Commissioners from Congress / at / Paris

Notation: Mr Bondfield Bourdeaux 17 August. 78

1For whom see Bondfield’s letter of the previous day.

2The packet General Arnold.

3James Warren, the Eastern Navy Board member and Massachusetts politician.

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