Diary of John Adams, volume 4

June 2. Tuesday. 1778.

June 6. 1778

Commissioners to Thomas Simpson
Sir Passi June 3. 1778

We have received several Letters from you,1 and several Certificates from Officers and others, respecting your Behaviour in general, as well as particularly relative to the Charge of Disobedience of orders, for which you have been confined.

It would be improper for Us, to give any Opinion concerning this charge, which is to be determined only by a Court Marshall: But We have requested Captain Jones to sett you at Liberty upon your Parol to go to Nantes, there to take your Passage to America, by the first favourable Opportunity, in order to take your Tryal by a Court Marshall. We are, Sir, your humble Servants

B. Franklin, Arthur Lee, John Adams.
Lt. Simpson of the Ranger.