Benjamin Franklin Papers

The American Commissioners to Musco Livingston, 31 August 1778

The American Commissioners to Musco Livingston

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

Passi Aug. 31. 1778


We are favoured with yours of the 24, and are not able to give you any certain Directions concerning the Duties upon C. Tucker’s Prizes.3 We have heretofore taken a great deal of Pains concerning the Subject of Prizes, and the Duties which must be paid upon them. Mr. Schweighauser of Nantes has obtained, as We understand, from M. Necker, a List of the Duties that must be paid, untill a general Regulation can be made. M. De Sartine has for some Time been employd in preparing a system of Regulations, concerning Prises and Prisoners, which We expect every day to see determind by public Authority.4 We shall write to Mr. Schweighauser on the Subject, and must refer you to him for the present, and are &c.

Mr Livingston at Nantes.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

3The commissioners seem to be missing the point of Livingston’s protest which was not against the duties but rather the low purchase price by Puchelberg for Tucker’s prizes.

4Sartine first wrote on the subject on July 29.

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