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The American Commissioners to the Massachusetts Council, 16 July 1778: résumé

The American Commissioners to the Massachusetts Council4

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

<Passy, July 16, 1778: We enclose a request from M. de Sartine, which we promised to send you.5 Americans will doubtless be inclined to supply the islanders, and the northern states be able to do so in the absence of, or perhaps even despite, British warships. We hope the attempt will be made; it will fetch a good price and be a friendly and humane act. Please lay this letter and the enclosure before the General Court.>

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

4Published in Butterfield, John Adams Diary, IV, 163–4.

5About St. Pierre and Miquelon: see above, July 14.

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