Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to the Officers and Seamen of the Alliance, 16 June 1780

To the Officers and Seamen of the Alliance

Copies:4 Library of Congress, Harvard University Library, National Archives (two)

Versailles, June 16. 1780.


Having judg’d fit for the Service of the United States, to appoint Comme. Jones to the Command of the Alliance in her present intended voyage to America, I hereby direct you to obey him as your Captain, till farther Orders shall be given by the honourable Congress. I am, Gentlemen, Your friend and humble servant.

Minister Plenipotentiary from the U.S. &c.

To the Officers and Seamen of the Alliance frigate.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

4Like the immediately preceding letter, the copy at the Harvard University Library is attested by Warren and Pool. One of the copies at the National Archives is attested by Matthew Parke, another of the Alliance’s officers.

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