Abraham Whipple to the American Commissioners7
ALS: American Philosophical Society; copy: Yale University Library
<Nantes, July 2, 1778: I received your letter of June 238 on the 30th; my orders are all that I could have wished. Officers and men are working with a will to get the ship ready, which she should be by the end of this month. I have space for more than the fourteen bales of blankets that Mr. Schweighauser has for me, and should gladly take the arms and stores that Mr. Williams, I understand, has on hand.9 Please let me know soon so as not to delay stowing. I enclose, as instructed, a list of prisoners on board. Dispatches you send me will have my full attention. The mainmast I expect to be in tomorrow.>
7. Published in Taylor, Adams Papers, VI, 250–1.
8. See XXVI, 673–4. The letter contained sailing orders for Whipple’s ship, the frigate Providence.
9. Until William Lee made Schweighauser the official agent at Nantes, JW had been in charge of repairing the old fusils that the commissioners had purchased and of assembling supplies to send to America.