To John Paul Jones
Copy: Library of Congress
Passy, feb. 16. 1780.
I last Night heard of your arrival at Groa, But have no Letter yet from you. I write this line to acquaint you that I propose to send the alliance out again as soon as Possible that she may be prepared accordingly. As to sheathing her with Copper, I have not the Cash necessary.5 I have now only time to add, that I am with great Esteem Dear sir, &c.
Capt. Jones, at L’Orient.
5. Bancroft apparently had raised the topic with BF as Jones had suggested: see our annotation of Jones to BF, Jan. 16. For BF’s similar answer to Landais a year earlier see XXIX, 41.