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John Paul Jones to the American Commissioners, 28 August 1778: résumé

John Paul Jones to the American Commissioners5

ALS: American Philosophical Society; draft: National Archives; copy: United States Naval Academy Museum

<Brest, August 28, 1778: M. de la Prévalaye, who commands here in the absence of the comte d’Orvilliers, has just told me that he can no longer furnish a guard for the Ranger prisoners detained aboard the Patience. Unable to depend on the Ranger’s officers, I had arranged for a guard with the comte d’Orvilliers; he furnished twelve soldiers with officers, relieved daily and altogether supported at the expense of France. Not a single prisoner has so far escaped. Were d’Orvilliers still here, I am sure he would order the guard continued. I entreat you to apply immediately to the French minister so that a cartel may not be lost.>

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

5Published in Taylor, Adams Papers, VI, 405.

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