Benjamin Franklin Papers

Thomas Simpson to the American Commissioners, 18 July 1778

Thomas Simpson to the American Commissioners

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Nantes 18th. July 1778.

May it please your Honours

I wrote you by Captain Niles, that on receiving an answer from Captain Whipple, I shou’d immediately follow his instructions, his letter came to hand the 12th, I embarked at Brest the 15th. and arrived here the 17th Instant, and am now to proceed for America in the Providence, where I hope to have the pleasure of being immediately bro’t to trial.6 I tho’t my indispensible duty to inform you in what manner I have proceeded, And am Your Honours Most Obedient, Very humble Servant

Thom Simpson

Honourable the American Commissioners At Passi

Addressed: The Honourable Commissioners / for the United States of America / At / Passi

Notation: Lieut Simpson Nantes 18 July 78

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

6Simpson did not hear of his appointment to command the Ranger until several days later; see his letter below, July 27.

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