Benjamin Franklin Papers

The Eastern Navy Board to the American Commissioners, 8 June 1778: résumé

The Eastern Navy Board to the American Commissioners5

LS: American Philosophical Society; copy: Library of Congress

<Boston, June 8, 1778: At the direction of the marine committee we have provided the schooner Dispatch, Capt. Barnes, in order to bring you packets of great importance forwarded by the Council of this state.6 We hope they arrive safely, and ask that you furnish the captain the necessary supplies, expenses while in port, a month’s pay for himself and his crew, and 100 dollars in lieu of primage. The Council, we assume, will give you American news; we enclose the gazettes published since our last.>

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

5Published in Taylor, Adams Papers, VI, 194–5.

6See the Council’s letter below, June 9. Corbin Barnes, of Plymouth, was the captain of a privateer in January, 1776, and subsequently commanded various Mass. armed vessels: Naval Docs., III, 602–3 and passim.

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