Vergennes to the American Commissioners8
L (draft):9 Archives du Ministère des affaires étrangères; two copies: Library of Congress
<Versailles, May 13, 1778, in French: The farmers general have informed me that Capt. Tucker of the Boston has refused to allow their agents on his vessel because she is a warship. We must know whether she is, or merely a privateer; once you have established that, she will be treated like the ships of other nations.>
8. Published in Taylor, Adams Papers, VI, 112–13.
9. In the hand of Gérard de Rayneval.