From Jonathan Nesbitt
ALS: American Philosophical Society
L’Orient Novr: 8th: 1779.
I have not had occasion to trouble your Excellency since I had the honor of receiving your Letter relative to Captain Conyngham.7
The present serves to inclose a Bond for the purpose of obtaining a Commission or Letters of Marque for Arthur Kirk Commander of the Schooner Independance, lately arriv’d at Nantes from Baltimore,8 which I hope it will please your Excellency to grant, and forward under cover to Mr. Joshua Johnson at Nantes.— I remain with great respect. Sir Your most Obedt: Servt:
Notation: Jonat. Nesbit. L’Orient Nov. 8. 1779.
7. XXX, 414–15.
8. The bond, written at Nantes and dated Nov. 2, is at the APS. Kirk was a resident or former resident of Fell’s Point: “Census of Deptford Hundred or Fell’s Point, 1776,” Maryland Hist. Mag., XXV (1930), 272.