Berubé de Costentin to Arthur Lee: A Translation
Brest, 4 September 1778
In conformity with the orders that you had the honor to send me on the 15th of last month,1 Mr. Thomas Wilkinson left yesterday for the town of St. Paul de Léon, where he will live at his own expense. I have taken every possible precaution for the security of his person.
I await your orders, or those of Mr. Franklin, concerning your prisoners here, who are a great expense and cause me much annoyance and anxiety.
I am with much respect, gentlemen, your very humble and very obedient servant
Berubé de Costentin
RC (PPAmP: Franklin Papers); docketed: “Berubé Constantin Brest”; in another hand: “4. Sep. 78.”
1. On 15 Aug., JA and Lee had ordered Costentin to permit Wilkinson, one of the Ranger’s prisoners, to give his parole and to go into the country for his health (PCC, No. 102, IV, f. 28).