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John Paul Jones to the American Commissioners, [16 July 1778]

John Paul Jones to the American Commissioners

Copies: American Philosophical Society,6 United States Naval Academy Museum, National Archives (two), Massachusetts Historical Society7

[July 16, 1778]


When I took Lieutenant Simpsons Parole I did not expect to have been long absent from America: but as circumstances have now rendred the time of my return less certain, I am willing to let the dispute between us drop for ever by giving up that parole which will entitle him to command the Ranger. I bear no Malice; and if I have done him an Injury this will be making him all the present Satisfaction in my power. If on the Contrary he hath Injured me I will trust to himself for an Acknowledgement. I have the honor to be with sentiments of due Esteem and Respect Gentlemen Your very Obliged very Obedient very humble Servant

(signed)   Jno. P. Jones

Notation: Simpsons Parole enclosed in a Letter from Capt. Jones 16 July 78.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

6In Jones’s hand, along with his copy of Simpson’s parole of June 10, and preceded by the following note: “Copy of a letter from Captain Jones of the American Navy to the Commissioners at the Court of France dated at Passy the 16th day of July in the moment when they were about to give Mr. Livingston a Commission and appointment to Command the Ranger.” This copy differs insignificantly from the others.

7In Arthur Lee’s hand. JA copied this version in his Autobiography, IV, p. 165.

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