Antoine-Raymond-Gualbert-Gabriel de Sartine to the American Commissioners2
LS: Harvard University Library
<Versailles, April 26, 1778, in French: When the Boston arrived, the King’s order to treat American warships as those of an ally had not reached Bordeaux. Such ships must identify themselves when they enter harbor as men-of-war; private vessels never receive a salute.>
2. Published in Taylor, Adams Papers, VI, 57–8.