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To John Adams from Jonathan Williams, 12 November 1778

From Jonathan Williams

Nantes 12 Nov 1778


My last1 informed you of my Intention to send you by the Messagerie2 a Case of old W. India Spirit, and at the same time I requested you to send a dozen to Mr. Alexander and a dozen to Dr. Bancroft. I have now to inform you that it left Nantes last Saturday accompanied with an acquit a Caution which I request you to return to me properly indorsed at the Bureau at Paris. I must beg your particular attention to this formality, as otherwise I shall be subject to pay a heavy Duty and perhaps a Fine, Rum being contraband.

I have the honour to be with great Respect Sir Your most obed Ser.

Jona Williams

P.S. There is a Packet in the Case, addressed to Mr. Alexander, which please to send to him.3

RC (Adams Papers).

1Of 27 Oct. (not found), but see JA to Williams, 8 Nov. (above).

2The state-controlled overland shipping company (Larousse, Grand dictionnaire universel description begins Pierre Larousse, Grand dictionnaire universel du XIXe siècle ... , Paris, [1865]; 15 vols. and supplements. description ends ).

3The postscript was written in the left margin.

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