Sartine to the American Commissioners9
Copies: Massachusetts Historical Society; Library of Congress (two)
<Versailles, October 1, 1778, in French: For certain reasons I am asking His Majesty to grant Mr. Fagan passports for three British ships to carry goods from France to England.1 I request you to grant him whatever documentation he needs for protection against privateers. The merchandise involved consists only of goods belonging to French persons.>
9. Published in Taylor, Adams Papers, VII.
1. According to a rumor reported in the Courier de l’Europe, Oct. 23, 1778 (IV, 258), Fagan’s mission was to discuss an exchange of prisoners between France and England.