Benjamin Franklin Papers

Daniel McNeill to the American Commissioners, 15 September 1778: résumé

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.>

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

9Published in Taylor, Adams Papers, VII.

1The time factor is critical to the legal status of the capture, as correspondence on the following days between Sartine and the commissioners indicates.

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