Nathaniel Dowse to the American Commissioners3
ALS: American Philosophical Society
<Bordeaux, May 5, 1778: I sailed from Virginia as master of the Mercer, with tobacco consigned by Congress to the Delaps. On May 4 my crew mutinied and took me in to Whitehaven, where I was imprisoned until I escaped4 and found a vessel that arrived here yesterday. I tender you my services. Several local merchants have made me offers, but I shall wait until I hear from you. John Adams, Esq., whom I know, will answer any questions you may have about me. Please let me have your answer soon.>
3. Published in Taylor, Adams Papers, VI, 83–4.
4. Carrying Samuel Martin’s note to BF above, March 14.