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Gabriel de Sartine to Benjamin Franklin: A Translation, 6 September 1778

Gabriel de Sartine to Benjamin Franklin: A Translation

Versailles, 6 September 1778

I have received, gentlemen, the letter that you did me the honor to write on 30 August.1 I have sent to M. de Vergennes the necessary passport for the British vessel charged with the exchange of the prisoners held by England and the United States,2 and shall give the necessary orders to ensure that your prisoners at Brest will be more closely watched until the moment of exchange. I have the honor to be, with sincere attachment, gentlemen, your very humble and very obedient servant.

De Sartine

LbC (Adams Papers).

1Not printed, but see the Commissioners to Vergennes, 28 Aug., and note 7, and John Paul Jones to the Commissioners, 28 Aug., and note 1 (vol. 6:401–406).

2Vergennes sent the passports to the Commissioners in a letter of 9 Sept. (LbC, Adams Papers), in which he designated either Nantes or Lorient as the point of debarkation for the prisoners.

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