ALS: Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Paris, July 15. 1777.
I received last Night yours of the 7th. Instant. From what I know of Capt. Wickes and his Carracter, I am persuaded he is not capable of the Injustice you mention, and that the Matter must have been misrepresented to you. However, being desirous not only to procure Justice, but if possible to give Satisfaction to all of this much respected Nation, who may think they have any cause of complaint against our People; and as no Judgment can well be formed by hearing one Party only, I have desired our Agent Mr. Williams now residing in Nantes, to enquire into the Affair, impartially, and report to me the Circumstances as he finds them. I have the Honour to be, &ca.
Complaint of Frenchman
6. Although we do not know the recipient’s name because his letter is missing, we strongly suspect that he was the French lawyer engaged by members of Wickes’s crew to secure them more prize money; see JW to BF below, July 29.