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Francis Coffyn to the American Commissioners, 19 June 1778: résumé

Francis Coffyn to the American Commissioners2

ALS: American Philosophical Society

<Dunkirk, June 19, 1778: A brig that arrived last night sighted a fleet off Portland on the 15th: twenty-one ships of the line and five or six frigates, westward bound. The news strengthens my impression that this was Admiral Keppel’s squadron. A report is current here today that Byron sailed from Plymouth on the 10th. I wait your approval before sending this intelligence to America by the first ship.

The commissary refused James Beams passage to Brest on the brig, I suppose for fear that the British might search her in the Channel and find an American on board the King’s ship.>

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

2Published in Taylor, Adams Papers, VI, 220–1.

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