To Samuel Huntington
LS3 and transcript: National Archives; copy: Library of Congress
Passy 1st. June 1780.
Commodore Jones, who by his Bravery and Conduct has done great Honour to the American Flag, desires to have that also of presenting a Line to the Hands of your Excellency.4 I chearfully comply with his Request, in recommending him to the Notice of Congress and to your Excellency’s Protection, tho’ his Actions are a more effectual Recommendation, and render any from me unnecessary. It gives me however an Opportunity of showing my Readiness to do Justice to Merit, and of professing the Esteem & Respect with which I am, Your Excellency’s most obedient & most humble Servant.
His Exy S. Huntington Esq.
Notation: Letter from Doctr Franklin dated June 1st: 1780 read Feby. 19. 1781.5 recommending Commodore Jones
3. In WTF’s hand.
4. See Jones’s April 20 letter. Sartine also wrote Huntington on Jones’s behalf: Mrs. Reginald de Koven, The Life and Letters of John Paul Jones (2 vols., New York, 1913), II, 79–80.
5. JCC, XIX, 174.