Thomas Simpson to the American Commissioners
ALS: American Philosophical Society
Nantes 18th. July 1778.
May it please your Honours
I wrote you by Captain Niles, that on receiving an answer from Captain Whipple, I shou’d immediately follow his instructions, his letter came to hand the 12th, I embarked at Brest the 15th. and arrived here the 17th Instant, and am now to proceed for America in the Providence, where I hope to have the pleasure of being immediately bro’t to trial.6 I tho’t my indispensible duty to inform you in what manner I have proceeded, And am Your Honours Most Obedient, Very humble Servant
Honourable the American Commissioners At Passi
Addressed: The Honourable Commissioners / for the United States of America / At / Passi
Notation: Lieut Simpson Nantes 18 July 78
6. Simpson did not hear of his appointment to command the Ranger until several days later; see his letter below, July 27.