Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from John Bondfield, 10 October 1787

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.

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