Benjamin Franklin Papers

The American Commissioners to Gentlemen at Nantes, 27 [i.e., 28] November 1778

The American Commissioners to Gentlemen at Nantes

AL (draft):1 Massachusetts Historical Society; two copies: National Archives

Passy Novr 27 [i.e., 28]2 1778.


We are desired by the Ministry to inform ourselves as precisely as possible, at what Time the Vessells bound to America will be ready to Sail.—it is Said that upon a former Occasion the Convoy was obliged to wait a long Time, an Inconvenience that it is wished may be avoided upon this occasion. We beg your earliest Attention to this Matter, and that We may know from you and be able to inform the Minister, as soon as possible, of the Day and the Place when and where the Convoy ought to be ready.

Messrs. J. D Schweighauser Joshua Johnson, Matt. Ridley, Jon. Williams Charles Oglivie, Matt. Meese John Gilbank, Wm. Haywood &c.

1In JA’s hand, except for the list of addressees, added by Hezekiah Ford.

2Misdated by JA and corrected on Ford’s copy (National Archives). This letter is in answer to Vergennes’ request, communicated to Arthur Lee on the same day, for which see the preceding letter.

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