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John Gilbank to the American Commissioners, 21 January 1779: résumé

John Gilbank to the American Commissioners3

ALS: American Philosophical Society

<Nantes, January 21, 1778: I am mortified to learn from Mr. Dobrée that you have refused my bill.4 Since I have received no letter from you, I can only assume that your correspondence is not adequately protected. There is one final recourse, namely, for you to endorse a bill drawn by me on the President of Congress. Certainly Congress would consider such a step within your duty. They recognize their obligations to protect their subjects, nor would they treat legitimate requests with contempt; at the very least they would politely answer every respectful letter, a practice I cannot avoid observing you have neglected.>

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

3Published in Taylor, Adams Papers, VII, 367–9.

4Peter Frederick Dobrée (XXVI, 330n), Schweighauser’s son-in-law, must have been privy to the commissioners’ letter to Schweighauser of Jan. 4.

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