Schweighauser to the American Commissioners1
Copy: National Archives
<Nantes, September 26, 1778: After I wrote you asking instructions about M. Peltier du Doyer’s claim on the cargo of the Thérèse, I decided to put a stay on his action and demanded delivery of the goods to me to prevent his remitting the proceeds of his sales to Paris. The inventory of the arsenal is completed. Mr. Williams wants me to sign the annexed receipt which I will not do until you indicate that my draft on you for the remaining unfinished articles will be honored.2 Please send the conditions of sale so that I may complete the account of the tobacco brought by the Baltimore and sold to the farmers general. The director of the farm has repeatedly requested it.>
1. Published in Taylor, Adams Papers, VII.
2. JW said as much to the commissioners on Sept. 24. The receipt acknowledged arms, tools, keys to the magazine and transfer of its lease until Dec. 25, 1780, to Schweighauser, who would agree to “take what further articles for reparation which remain unfurnished, and which the said Williams stands engaged for giving him my draft on the Honourable the Commissioners for the same. …” A copy, dated merely “Sept. 1778”, is at the National Archives.