Benjamin Franklin Papers

Vergennes to the American Commissioners, 13 May 1778: résumé

Vergennes to the American Commissioners8

L (draft):9 Archives du Ministère des affaires étrangères; two copies: Library of Congress

<Versailles, May 13, 1778, in French: The farmers general have informed me that Capt. Tucker of the Boston has refused to allow their agents on his vessel because she is a warship. We must know whether she is, or merely a privateer; once you have established that, she will be treated like the ships of other nations.>

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

8Published in Taylor, Adams Papers, VI, 112–13.

9In the hand of Gérard de Rayneval.

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