The American Commissioners to Vergennes3
LS: Archives du Ministère des affaires étrangères; copies: Library of Congress, National Archives
<Passy, January 24, 1779: We received your letter of the 20th enclosing M. de Sartine’s answer relative to the convoy we requested. We do not understand his reference to the four vessels supposedly mentioned by us and fear he has been misinformed. On December 29 we asked for a convoy. You asked on January 9 where the ships were collected, and on the 15th4 we told you they were at Nantes. We subsequently have been informed there are about fifteen vessels; the gentlemen at Nantes have been at considerable expense awaiting a convoy, which we beseech you to grant immediately.>
3. Published in Taylor, Adams Papers, VII, 377–9.
4. Actually the 13th.