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Tristram Barnard to the American Commissioners, 9 October 1778: résumé

Tristram Barnard to the American Commissioners8

ALS: American Philosophical Society

<[Paris], October 9, [1778]: For four years this humble petitioner, away from America, has been in English, though not in government, service. My only claim to supporting the American cause is the relief I have given to many prisoners. I want to serve by transporting goods to the rising American states, and request a pass from London to Spain for this purpose. There are two gentlemen in London who would join me in procuring a vessel for sailing with the English convoy to Spain and thence to America.>

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

8Published in Taylor, Adams Papers, VII. Barnard identified himself in an oath before the commissioners, Oct. 13, below. His claim to generosity is documented in Channing’s letter of Aug. 24 and Williams’ of Oct. 2.

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