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John Ayres to the American Commissioners, 29 July 1778: résumé

John Ayres to the American Commissioners2

ALS: American Philosophical Society

<Bordeaux, July 29, 1778: I arrived yesterday in 26 days from Boston with a packet for you which ill health prevents me from delivering personally. Mr. Texier,3 a friend of Mr. Bondfield, has agreed to deliver it. I trust I shall soon recover and will be glad to serve in my capacity as captain in the continental navy. If not, I will await your orders. P.S. Mr. Texier disappointed me by not going to Paris, so Mr. Pauly is the bearer.4>

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

2Published in Taylor, Adams Papers, VI, 333–4. Ayres is identified in XXVI, 681.

3Probably the merchant Pierre Texier, for whom see Taylor, Adams Papers, VI, 63.

4On Nov. 6 a Jh. Dl. Pauly forwarded, on behalf of Bondfield, Richard Peters’ letter of Aug. 13.

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