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Vergennes to the American Commissioners, 27 September 1778: résumé

Vergennes to the American Commissioners7

LS: National Archives; L (draft):8 Archives du Ministère des affaires étrangères; copies: National Archives (three), Library of Congress (two), Archives du Ministère des affaires étrangères, Massachusetts Historical Society; transcript: National Archives

<Versailles, September 27, 1778, in French: In your letter of the 28th of last month you recalled the King’s promise in article 8 of the Treaty of Amity and Commerce to employ his good offices with the regencies of Barbary on behalf of American trade. I have communicated your request to M. de Sartine. In his enclosed reply9 he thinks the request well founded but needs further information, which I ask that you address to me. Be assured the King will do all in his power.>

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

7Published in Taylor, Adams Papers, VII.

8In Gérard de Rayneval’s hand.

9A translation of Sartine’s letter to Vergennes of Sept. 21 is published in Wharton, Diplomatic Correspondence, II, 731–2.

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