Daniel McNeill to the American Commissioners9
ALS: American Philosophical Society
<Paris, September 15, 1778: On my cruise in the General Mifflin I gave chase August 23 to three ships fifty leagues west and north of Ushant Island. I pursued the largest and brought her to at 2 p.m. She was the brig Isabelle from Guadeloupe bound for Bordeaux with a cargo of sugar, coffee and cotton; she had been captured by the Prince of Orange, commanded by Philip Amy of Guernsey, August 19 at 2 p.m. She was in English possession 80 hours.1 Please apply to the French ministry for the vessel to be adjudicated or for liberty to sail with her or dispose of her.>
9. Published in Taylor, Adams Papers, VII.
1. The time factor is critical to the legal status of the capture, as correspondence on the following days between Sartine and the commissioners indicates.