Benjamin Franklin Papers

The American Commissioners to Ralph Izard, 22 October 1778

The American Commissioners to Ralph Izard

AL (draft): Massachusetts Historical Society; two copies: National Archives

Passi Oct. 22. 1778


We have just now the Honour of a Lettre from M. De Sartine dated the 19, which We suppose is his Excellencys Ultimatum concerning your Effects taken in the Nile, and We therefore take the earliest opportunity to inclose you a Copy of it that you may be able to take your Measures in Consequence of it, in which We suppose there is no Time to be lost. We have the Honour to be with great Respect, Sir your most humble and obedient Servants.8

The Hon. Ralph Izzard Esq.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

8Izard on the following day thanked the commissioners for their trouble, even though it had “proved ineffectual.” APS. We do not know the outcome of the episode.

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