From Peter Frederick Dobrée
Nantz 24 Apl. 1779
I am honoured with your Excellency’s Letter of the 15 Instant1 with a List inclosed of several Articles to be bought for your worthy famely. Msr. S——2 is actually making those purchases and as soon as they are ready I will see them neatly packed and send them on board by some safe conveyance. Inclosed a Letter received by this morning Post which I send you agreable to your order. I am much occupied in providing the Warrant and Petty officers with a suit of Cloaths a piece and find it one of the most difficult tasks I have ever undertaken, however I hope soon to have done with them.
As his Excellency Doctor Franklin in his Letter to M. S. is very brief and refers him to you, you will be pleased to write up word if he mentions any thing which he desires to be done. With much respect I have the honour to be Your Excellencys most humble & most obedient Sert
P. F. Dobrée
RC (Adams Papers); docketed: “Mr Dobrèe”; in CFA’s hand: “24th April”; and in an unknown hand: “1779.”
1. JA’s letter of 15 April has not been found. For the goods purchased by JA, see his personal accounts for 20 April (JA, Diary and Autobiography description begins Diary and Autobiography of John Adams, ed. L. H. Butterfield and others, Cambridge, 1961; 4 vols. description ends , 2:340–341).
2. Here and below the references are to J. D. Schweighauser.