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Stephen Hills et al. to the American Commissioners, 7 February 1779

Stephen Hills et al.4 to the American Commissioners

ALS: University of Pennsylvania Library

Brest, February 7th. 1779.

The Commission’d and Warrant-Officers belonging to the American Frigate Alliance, commanded by Peter Landais Esqr. beg leave to represent to your Excellencies that the Honble. the Navy-Board in the Eastern Department assur’d us that upon our Arrival in France we should be intitled to receive such Sums of Money as our Necessities might call for or require;— in consequence of such Assurances we now make this Application to your Excellencies, in full Confidence that you will allow us such Sums of Money as have been heretofore allow’d other Officers on similar Occasions:— for farther particulars we beg leave to refer you to Dr Winship5 the Surgeon of the Ship, who will give you all the Intelligence in his Power;— & are, Gentln. with the greatest respect, Your Most Obedt. Hble. Servnts.—

Stephen Hills -
M. Parke
Joseph Adams
James Degge
John Buckley
Thomas Elwood
James Warren Junr

His Excellency Benja. Franklin Esqr. & the other American Ambassadors at the Court of France.—

Addressed: His Excellency / Benjamin Franklin Esqr / & the other American Ministers / Paris

Endorsed by Franklin: Commission and Warrant Officers at Brest in the Alliance want Money

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

4Hills was first lieutenant on the Alliance. Matthew Parke was captain’s mate, Adams and Degge were second and third mates, Buckley was master, and Elwood was a second lieutenant’s mate, according to Landais’ list (attached to his letter of Feb. 7) of officers present at a court of enquiry, Feb. 2 and 3. University of Pa. Library.

5Amos Windship (1745–1813) was a graduate of Harvard College, class of 1771: Sibley’s Harvard Graduates, XVII, 673–9.

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