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To Thomas Jefferson from John Bondfield, 10 October 1787

From John Bondfield

Bordeaux, 10 Oct. 1787. All workmen in the public dockyards “are taken up and put forward”; 3,000 seamen have been ordered from that place; war appears “not far distant”; many private American ships are in Europe; their seamen will be pressed into service “on one side or other”; few will be “found for the American Navigation.” Has been advised by an inhabitant of Quebec who arrived two days past that Gen. Carleton “keeps the Canadians to a strickt Militia Dicipline.”

RC (DLC); 2 p.; endorsed. Recorded in SJL as received 13 Oct. 1787.

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