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The American Commissioners to S. and J.-H. Delap, 18 [i.e., 23] July 1778

The American Commissioners to S. and J.-H. Delap

AL (draft): Massachusetts Historical Society; two copies: National Archives

Passy July 18 [i.e., 23] 17782


Having the fullest Confidence in the Security you offer for Captain William Hill Sergeant, We herewith enclose a blank Bond for you to fill up, sign and return to us:3 We enclose also a Letter for Captain Sergeant with his Commission and Instructions. We have the Honour to be with great Esteem &c.

F. L. A.

Messrs S. & J. H. Delap.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

2The date as written (and repeated in the copies) is an obvious slip of the pen; this letter is written in answer to Sargeant’s of July 18, and encloses the commissioners’ reply of the 23rd.

3The completed bond, dated August 19 and signed by Sargeant and J.H. Delap is at the APS; for further details see Taylor, Adams Papers, VI, 305–6 n.

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