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Sartine to the American Commissioners, 1 October 1778: résumé

Sartine to the American Commissioners9

Copies: Massachusetts Historical Society; Library of Congress (two)

<Versailles, October 1, 1778, in French: For certain reasons I am asking His Majesty to grant Mr. Fagan passports for three British ships to carry goods from France to England.1 I request you to grant him whatever documentation he needs for protection against privateers. The merchandise involved consists only of goods belonging to French persons.>

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

9Published in Taylor, Adams Papers, VII.

1According to a rumor reported in the Courier de l’Europe, Oct. 23, 1778 (IV, 258), Fagan’s mission was to discuss an exchange of prisoners between France and England.

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