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The American Commissioners to Abraham Whipple, 13 June 1778: résumé

The American Commissioners to Abraham Whipple5

AL (draft): Massachusetts Historical Society; copies: National Archives (two), University of Virginia Library, Yale University Library

<Passy, June 13, 1778: Mr. Hezekiah Ford, chaplain to North Carolina troops in the continental service,6 was captured and sent to Europe, and has now found his way to us in Paris. We recommend him to be chaplain on your frigate until he returns home.>

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

5Published in Butterfield, John Adams Diary, IV, 135.

6So he said. This Anglican clergyman had aroused deep suspicion in his native Virginia; when he eventually returned there he was charged with treasonable activities, but apparently never brought to trial: ibid., II, 364–5 n.

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