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The American Commissioners to Abraham Whipple, 16 July 1778: résumé

The American Commissioners to Abraham Whipple4

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

<Passy, July 16, 1778: We have instructed Lieut. Simpson, on whom command of the Ranger devolves now that Capt. Jones is on another service, to join you under your orders. The Boston, Providence, and Ranger should put to sea with all dispatch. Do your best to take or destroy British privateers within your reach. Leave your prisoners as Mr. Schweighauser directs.>

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

4Published in Butterfield, John Adams Diary, IV, 162–3.

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