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The American Commissioners to Thomas Simpson, 16 July 1778: résumé

The American Commissioners to Thomas Simpson3

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

<Passy, July 16, 1778: We have wanted to settle disputes among the Ranger’s officers for some time, and at last have the pleasure of sending you a letter from Captain Jones which allows us to reinstate you on board the Ranger. Upon receipt of this, you will take command of the Ranger as first lieutenant, join Captain Whipple of the Providence, and obey his orders respecting your future cruises and voyage to America. Leave the British prisoners in the custody of whomever Schweighauser advises.>

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

3Published in Butterfield, John Adams Diary, IV, 162–3. The notation reads, “Deliver’d Capt Jones a Copy of the above Letter the 5 August 1778.”

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