The American Commissioners to Cornic, Veuve Mathurin & fils1
Copy: Connecticut Historical Society
Paris Decemr 30 1777
We have to thank you for the Account you gave us of Capt. Johnson’s Escape and should have acknowledged the same sooner but were in hopes it would have been confirmed by his Arrival, but unhappily your Intelligence was premature and he unhappily remains still a prisoner.2 In Behalf of Doctr. Franklin and Self I am with much respect Your most Obedient and very humble Servant.
Vve Mon Cornic & Mn Fils
1. The firm that was the commissioners’ correspondent in Morlaix: XXIV, 4 n. The letter that Deane is answering for the commission is apparently lost.
2. Henry Johnson, who had commanded the Lexington, finally escaped from Mill Prison on Feb. 1, 1778: Kaminkow, Mariners, p. 100.