Benjamin Franklin Papers

The American Commissioners to Sartine, 2 October 1778

The American Commissioners to Sartine

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

Passi Octr 2. 1778


We have the Honour of your Excellencys Letter of yesterdays Date, requesting Us to give to the Sieur Fagan all the Security in our Power, for three Vessells, to transport the Merchandises of France to England.

We have the Honour to acquaint your Excellency, that we have accordingly given the Sieur Fagan, three different Requests in Writing, to all Commanders of American armed Vessells to let the said Vessells and their Cargoes pass without Molestation, which was all the Security, that the Laws of our Country have empowered Us to give. We have the Honour to be, with the most entire Consideration, your Excellencys most obedient &c.

M. de Sartine

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