Sartine to the Commissioners: A Translation
Versailles, 5 July 1778
As I am in need, gentlemen, of Captain Jones for a specific expedition, I would like him to remain here.
If it is not inconvenient, I would be grateful if you could leave him at my disposal and, if his ship must return to America, turn the command of the vessel over to his second.1 I have the honor to be with the utmost respect, gentlemen, your very humble and very obedient servant,
RC (MH-H: Lee Papers); docketed: “M. De Sartines Letter 6 July 1778.”
1. In commenting on the Commissioners’ reply of 11 July acceding to Sartine’s request, JA stated that the “expédition particuliere” was ultimately that of the Bonhomme Richard (JA, Diary and Autobiography description begins Diary and Autobiography of John Adams, ed. L. H. Butterfield and others, Cambridge, 1961; 4 vols. description ends , 4:158).