Benjamin Franklin Papers

Vergennes to the American Commissioners, 29 April 1778: résumé

Vergennes to the American Commissioners1

LS: Harvard University Library; L (draft):2 Archives du Ministère des affaires étrangères

<Versailles, April 29, 1778, in French: I passed on to M. Sartine your letter about convoys, and enclose his reply; you will, I am sure, be satisfied with the measures taken.3>

1Published in Taylor, Adams Papers, VI, 73–4.

2In the hand of Joseph-Mathias Gérard. He and his brother had directed bureaux of the foreign ministry (above, XXIII, 85 n), and after the elder left for Philadelphia the younger, now known as Gérard de Rayneval, assumed responsibility for American affairs.

3They were to convoy American ships only until they were well clear of the European coast: Taylor, op. cit., p. 74 n.

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