To John Paul Jones
ALS: Yale University Library
Passy, March 3. 1780
This is to authorize & require you to receive & accomodate in your Ship as Passengers the honourable Arthur Lee & Ralph Izard, Esquires, late Ministers of the Congress at the Courts of France & Toscany.6 I am, Sir, Your most obedient humble Servant
To the honourable J.P. Jones Esqr. Commander of the Alliance—
Notations in different hands:7 Dr. Franklin’s order for our Passage / March 3d. 1780
6. Two weeks earlier BF had agreed to make this request for the two former commissioners, now planning their return to America. Although Lee did return on the Alliance, Izard found passage on another ship: XXXI, 500–1.
7. The first of which is in Lee’s.