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The American Commissioners to the Massachusetts Council, 22 September 1778

The American Commissioners to the Massachusetts Council3

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

Passi September 22 1778

Mr. Jonathan Loring Austin who was dispatched the last year by your Honours with the glorious News of the Convention of Saratoga,4 being about to return home We think it proper to inform your Honours that his Behaviour since his arrival here has been entirely to our Satisfaction and to recommend him as a Gentleman of Abilities and Fidelity in Business, well attached to the Cause of his Country, and of exemplary Decency and Prudence. We have advanced him one hundred Louis for which he is to be accountable to Congress.5 We have the Honour to be &c.

The Hon. Council of Mass Bay.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

3In response to Austin’s request of Sept. 19.

4See XXV, 97–9.

5This sentence is interlined; there is an entry for that sum on Sept. 24: Taylor, Adams Papers, VI, 361.

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