Benjamin Franklin Papers

The Eastern Navy Board to the American Commissioners, 2 July 1778

The Eastern Navy Board to the American Commissioners

LS: American Philosophical Society; copy:9 Library of Congress

Navy Board Eastern Department Boston
July 2d. 1778


We have the Honour to hand you by Capt. Ayres in the Arnold Packett, four Packetts Intrusted to our care for Conveyance by the Honble. Committee for Foreign Affairs.1 We also Inclose the Gazettes of this Town Since our last. We wish them Safe to your hands as we presume they will give you all the Important Intelligence of this Country. We shall trouble you no further than to Inform you, that Capt. Ayres has the honour to hold a Captains Commission in the American Navy, and to recommend him to your Notice as an officer upon all Occasions ready to render his best Services to his Country. He has Orders to receive his directions from you for his future Conduct.2 You will please to order him such Supplies as he may have occasion for. We have the Honour to be with the Greatest respect Your honours Most Obedient and most humble Servants

J Warren3

Honble. Commissrs. of the United States of America

Addressed: The Honble: / The Commissioners from the United / States of America / Paris

Notation: James Warren Boston July 2d 78. Navy Board

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

9In the hand of WTF.

1For speculation on material in the packets see Taylor, Adams Papers, VI, 250 n, 347, 349 n.

2John Ayres did not live long enough; see XXVI, 681 n.

3The prominent Massachusetts politician had served on the navy board since its creation in 1777: XXV, 572 n.

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