Benjamin Franklin Papers

The American Commissioners to John Paul Jones, 23 May 1778

The American Commissioners to John Paul Jones

ALS: Library of Congress; AL (draft):7 Massachusetts Historical Society; copy: National Archives

Passy, May 23. 1778


A pilote being wanted to conduct an Advice Boat to America, if you have in your Ship a suitable Person that can be spared, the Commissioners request, that you would permit him to go on that Service. We have the Honour to be, Sir, Your most obedient humble Servants.

B Franklin
Arthur Lee
John Adams

Honble Capt Jones

Endorsed: from the American Plenipotentiaries Passy Passy May 23d. 1778 Recd Brest May 28th. 1778.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

7The ALS is in BF’s hand, the AL in Adams’.

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