Samuel Tucker to the American Commissioners7
ALS: Massachusetts Historical Society
<Bordeaux, April 25, 1778: I had my mast condemned by a jury of six carpenters, three merchant captains, and Mr. Bondfield. You would have told me, I assume, if you intended to load cargo; I have therefore begun to take in ballast. The King’s officers are enticing men from me for the army; I retrieved five today who were about to embark for St. Martin’s.8>
7. Published in Taylor, Adams Papers, VI, 55–6.
8. St.-Martin-de-Ré, a military depot.