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The American Commissioners to Sartine, 30 June 1778: résumé

The American Commissioners to Sartine3

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

<Passy, June 30, 1778: We enclose a protest about a ship of ours that the British captured off the French coast. As they have reclaimed similar captures made by our cruisers,4 we hope you will think it fair that we be indemnified from British goods in this kingdom.>

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

3Published in Butterfield, John Adams Diary, IV, 143.

4A reference to the controversy prominent in Vol. XXV: the British demanded and obtained return of the prizes taken by Capts. Babson and Kendrick.

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