From John Bondfield
Bordeaux, 10 Oct. 1787. All workmen in the public dockyards “are taken up and put forward”; 3,000 seamen have been ordered from that place; war appears “not far distant”; many private American ships are in Europe; their seamen will be pressed into service “on one side or other”; few will be “found for the American Navigation.” Has been advised by an inhabitant of Quebec who arrived two days past that Gen. Carleton “keeps the Canadians to a strickt Militia Dicipline.”
RC (DLC); 2 p.; endorsed. Recorded in SJL as received 13 Oct. 1787.