From Peter McIntosh
Bordeaux 9th. Aprile 1778
You may recolect when Onboard the Boston that Captn. Tuckar promised me payment for my Chest of Sailors Cloths which Cost me in London Twenty Two Guineas, He gave me only Ten for it and being very scarce of Money here, to carry me Home to England I got my Friend Mr. Gault to advance some for Me and by way of Payment to him I drew on Captn. Tuckar for the Ballance he owed Me say Twelve Guinas which Bill he has Refused to pay. Therefore I would not have troubled You with this providead he had acted Like a Gentleman by Keeping to his word. Mr. Gault Captain Wallas and Myself returns You our Cincear thanks for our Good Treatment when Onboard the Boston and Am with Great Respect Your Most Obedt. Servt.
RC (Adams Papers).
1. Captain of the Martha, a British ship taken by the Boston during JA’s passage to France. R. Gault of Ireland and Mr. Wallace of New York were passengers on the same vessel. JA described the capture and his relations with the prisoners in Diary and Autobiography description begins Diary and Autobiography of John Adams, ed. L. H. Butterfield and others, Cambridge, 1961; 4 vols. description ends , 2:285–286, 288, 288–290; 4:15, 25, 26, 26–27, 28–29, 29–31. There is no indication as to the action, if any, taken by JA on McIntosh’s request, which was probably enclosed in a letter of 28 April from T. T. Luetkens & Sons to JA, asking that he instruct Capt. Tucker to pay bills held by that firm (Adams Papers).