Benjamin Franklin Papers

The American Commissioners to Samuel Tucker, 19 April 1778

The American Commissioners to Samuel Tucker

ALS:8 Harvard University Library

Passy, April 19. 1778


The Bearer of this, Captn. Livingston, is understood by us to be well qualified for the Office of Lieutenant in your Ship. If upon discoursing with him, you should be of the same Opinion, you will fill up with his Name the enclos’d Commission and date the same upon the Day.9 We leave this Matter to your Judgment; for tho’ we have a good Opinion of the Gentleman ourselves, we would not impose an Officer on you, contrary to yours. We are with much Esteem, Sir, Your most obedient humble Servant

B Franklin
Arthur Lee
John Adams

Honble Capt. Tucker

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

8In BF’s hand.

9This is an outgrowth of Livingston’s request to the commissioners in his letter above of April 8, and of theirs to Tucker of the 13th.

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