Hezekiah Ford to the American Commissioners7
ALS: American Philosophical Society
<Nantes, June 25, 1778: Mr. Ross has got me passage to Virginia on a ship of his. I am told, furthermore, that Capt. Whipple considers his clerk as chaplain, and would not deprive any one of his office. I expect to sail in about ten days.8 If you have dispatches for Governor Henry I will gladly take them. General Howe’s cruelties infuriate me, and I regret every day that I am kept from avenging my countrymen. A tyrant has sacrificed the innocent for supporting their rights; may God soon bring a revolution to dethrone him! My apologies for moralizing.>
7. Published in Taylor, Adams Papers, VI, 233–5.
8. He sailed and was again captured; but he soon returned to Paris, and became Arthur Lee’s secretary. See the note on the commissioners to Whipple above, June 13, and the citation there.