Benjamin Franklin Papers

The American Commissioners to Francis Coffyn, 26 June 1778: résumé

The American Commissioners to Francis Coffyn9

AL (draft): Massachusetts Historical Society; two copies: National Archives

<Passy, June 26, 1778: We have your letters of the 18th and 19th, referring to an earlier one about a surgeon’s bill. Give the surgeon what you think fair, after making the deduction mentioned.1 We thank you for your news, and approve sending intelligence to America by every opportunity. The seamen you speak of should be sent to Brest or Nantes, to serve on our frigates; Mr. Schweighauser will find them employment, or preferably they may serve with Mr. Amiel.2 We enclose his instructions and commission, and a bond to be executed with him.>

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

9Published in Butterfield, John Adams Diary, IV, 142–3.

1In the earlier letter, of June 8, which is missing.

2Who expected to outfit a privateer; see the annotation of the commissioners’ note to him above, June 23.

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