From Samuel Cooper Johonnot4
ALS: American Philosophical Society
Nantz 14 Aug 1783.
I reach’d this Place the 11th, & waited the same Day on Mr Williams. He was kind enough to think of my Passage & sent Me to the Gentleman that fits out the Ship Le Comte D’Estaing,5 to agree for my Passage to Philadelphia, as there is no Vessel here bound to the Northward.
The Price is 600 Livres.— Mr Williams thinks it exorbitant, & desires to know whether I must go or wait for a more convenient Opportunity.
I board here at Mrs McCarty’s—pretty good Accommodations, & am employ’d under Mr Williams’s Eye in perfecting my Hand Writing.
Penetrated with the highest Sense of Gratitude I have the Honour of subscribing myself with Submission & Esteem Your most humble Servant
Sam’l Cooper Johonnot.
4. For background see JW’s letters immediately above.
5. The name of the outfitter was Peltier: Gouhard to WTF, Sept. 2, 1783 (APS).