12 June 1798.
My dear Sir.
In one of your last letters to my brother you ask for my dispositions of a certain box addressed to me, supposed to contain sigars for smoaking—In the first place, then I beg of you to use & dispose of them as of your own property, if you are yourself addicted to smoaking and, if not, secondly to keep them in your possession until I call for them which, if my calculations do not fail, will be e’er many months elapse—I am sorry our ships dont arm from your port—and that they go home in ballast—though I know that in a foreign port it is not easy to find hands enough to fight & work too. I wish one of the frigates would come over, for I dont like to desert the colours of my nation and I wont go unarmed; in the course of a short time—some chance may turn up of a [. . .] kind: if any such should occur with you I would be glad of timely [notice]
This project, you will please to consider confidential from / your’s
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OCHP: Pitcairn Papers.