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Had it been in my Power to acquaint your Excellencies sooner in what Manner I was to proceed, I should have done myself the Honor of addressing you, before it was too late to receive any further Dis­ patches from Passy. I have (after waiting here with great Anxeity) received Letters from my Freind, which have determined me to proceed for St. Eustatia, and expect to sail next Wednesday or...
La respectée Vôtre du 10e. m’est parvenue Samedi dernier. Elle est parfaitement comme il la falloit. Le g F en est fort content. J’ai été le même jour la faire lire á notre Ami, et je lui en ai délivré une copie attestée par ma signature. Elle lui a fait un plaisir extrême; et il m’a assuré, à plusieurs reprises, qu’elle en feroit un très-sensible aux Bourguemaitres de sa Ville, à qui il...
Last Saturday I had the honor to receive your letter of 10 October. It is exactly as it should be. The Grand Facteur is very satisfied with it. I went the same day to read it to our friend and gave him a copy, attested by my signature. He was extremely pleased and assured me, several times, that it would make a very good impression on the Burgomasters of his city, who were anxious to know your...
ALS : American Philosophical Society <Amsterdam, October 27, 1778: I will sail for St. Eustatia next Wednesday or Thursday, as no direct passage for America is available. Had I been able I would have told you sooner, so you could send more dispatches. I doubt that Admiral d’Estaing is in the precarious situation reported by the English newspapers. American affairs provoke conflicting opinions...
ALS : American Philosophical Society; AL (draft): Algemeen Rijksarchief; copy: National Archives <The Hague, October 27, 1778, in French: Last Saturday [Oct. 24] I received your letter of October 10. The Grand Facteur is very satisfied with it. Our friend [van Berckel] was pleased and assured me several times it would make a good impression on the burgomasters of Amsterdam. He strongly...
LS : Yale University Library; copies: National Archives, Library of Congress This will go by a Continental Frigate from Boston which Congress have ordered to carry their dispatches as well as to accommodate the Marquis de la Fayette and his Suit with a passage to France. The Captain will on his arrival immediately inform you thereof, and we have directed that he get his Vessel in readiness to...
ALS : American Philosophical Society This may advise you that I have had the misfortune Of being taken. I Sailed from Nants the 28th of august. The Next morning at day light fell in with the Ship Beezly Capt. Noah Gautier of Jersey who Chased me Seven hours When the Wind blowing very fresh and The Sea high Came up With and Captured me, after Maning the vessel Sent her to Jersey. Capt. Barns is...
ALS : American Philosophical Society To pardon the Liberty I take in trubling your honor to aquaint you that in the year Sevnty Six I left Amerca with Capt. Sheffild in the whale fishen and was bound to Holland with Our Oil but had the Misfortin to be takin in the English Chanel by the gray hound Cutter, whar I was Kept til I Run a way up to London, and Could get no Opurtunity of geting home...