Benjamin Franklin Papers

The American Commissioners to Vergennes, 13 January 1779

The American Commissioners to Vergennes

LS:3 Archives du Ministère des affaires étrangères; AL (draft): Massachusetts Historical Society; copies: National Archives (two), Library of Congress

Passy, Jany. 13 1779


We have the Honour of your Excellency’s Letter of the 9th of this Month, requesting to be informed of the Port where those Vessels are which have occasion for a Convoy to America.

These Vessels are at Nantes where they wait for the Convoy, which We hope may be ordered there immediately, as a Letter We received yesterday from a large Number of Gentlemen at Nantes informs us that many Vessels with valuable Cargoes have been waiting a considerable time for the Convoy.4

We have the Honour to be with the greatest Respect Sir your Excellency’s most obedient and most humble Servants

B Franklin
Arthur Lee
John Adams

M. Le Comte de Vergennes.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

3In Gellée’s hand; the draft is in JA’s.

4Jan. 7.

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