Benjamin Franklin Papers

James Moylan to the American Commissioners, 3 July 1778

James Moylan to the American Commissioners

ALS: American Philosophical Society

L’Orient 3d July 1778

Honorable Gentlemen

The Frigate Boston Cap. S. Tucker is return’d to this port yesterday. On her Cruise she had taken four prizes, one of which loaded with Currants and Medecines the Cap. order’d to Boston, and the other three to this port, which are not yet arrived.

Mr. Livingston who set out this afternoon for Paris, will inform you the disagreeable cause of this vessel’s return, and as Mr. Schwighawser (who I understand you have appointed Agent for this Province) has not yet had time to give his orders for supplying this vessels wants, I told Cap. Tucker that I wou’d furnish him with the necessarys, untill the receipt of them, or of your instructions,3 in consequence of which I have pass’d with him through the diffirent ceremonys of his entrance &c. I have the honor to be respectfully Honorable Gentlemen Your assurd humble Servant

James Moylan

Addressed: The Honorable Plenepotentiary / Ministers of the United States / of America / at / Passy

Endorsed by John Adams: Mr Moylan’s Letter, 3d. July 78

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

3For Samuel Tucker and Musco Livingston, respectively, see XXVI, 216–17 n, 256 n. Moylan sounds as if he were sure that Schweighauser’s authority had replaced his own in the agency at Lorient. In fact it had not, though he had good reason to suspect it; see our annotation of his letter of July 8.

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