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Jonathan Williams, Jr., to the American Commissioners, 24 September 1778

Jonathan Williams, Jr., to the American Commissioners

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Nantes Sept. 24. 1778.

Honourable Gentlemen

I this Day compleated the Inventory of the magazine of arms and presented it to Mr. Schweighauser for him to sign the Receipt at the Bottom. We are agreed as to quantity and number but he declines engaging to receive the articles for Reparation remaining to be supplied without your orders.8 I therefore request you to give your Directions accordingly that I may close the Business. These articles I am absolutely engaged to take and pay for on account of the Magazine, they are necessary to the Reparation and would not have been ordered but for that purpose. You will therefore find them noticed at the bottom of the account I had the Honour to transmit per the last Post. I am with the greatest Respect Honourable Gentlemen Your most obedient Servant

Jona Williams J

The Honble The Ministers Plenipotentiary of the United States.

Addressed: The Honourable / The Ministers Plenipotentiary / of the / United States / Passy

Endorsed by John Adams: M. Williams Septr. 24 1778

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

8For Schweighauser’s comment on the receipt, see Sept. 26.

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