Jonathan Williams, Jr., to the American Commissioners3
ALS: American Philosophical Society
<Nantes, September 10, 1778: M. Montaudoüin4 has learned from Mr. Kergariou, commander of the French frigate Oiseau,5 that the Guernsey and Jersey privateers which infest this bay provision in Bilbao under pretense of being American. I hope this practice can be stopped.>
3. Published in Taylor, Adams Papers, VII.
4. This prominent Nantes merchant, identified above, XXIII, 195 n, had been in frequent contact with JW and with the commissioners.
5. De Kergariou Loc Maria, wounded in battle with the British frigate Magician in 1783, became a member of the Order of the Cincinnati and a victim of the French Revolution: The Order of the Cincinnati in France (Newport, 1905), p. 137. For the Oiseau see the headnote on intelligence reports, above, Aug. 3.