John Lloyd to the American Commissioners9
ALS: American Philosophical Society
<Nantes, February 4, 1779: Although I am not authorized to answer your letter of January 26 to several “American Gentlemen,” I feel compelled to acknowledge its receipt. The reason it is not done jointly is the reluctance of the Gentlemen to give any advice on the subject of free ports, fearing censure from their countrymen. The weather is moderating, and the river should be free of ice in a few days.1>
9. Published in Taylor, Adams Papers, VII, 392.
1. Endorsed by BF: “Merchts Nantes about Free Ports.”