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Docno: ADMS-06-06-02-0089

Author: Vergennes, Charles Gravier, Comte de
Recipient: First Joint Commission at Paris
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1778-05-15

Vergennes to the Commissioners

Versailles, 15 May 1778. printed: JA, Diary and Autobiography , 4:100–101. This letter and its supporting enclosure, a copy of a letter from La Tuilliere, consul at Madeira, to Sartine dated 15 Feb., were translated by Adams in his Autobiography (for the French texts see Lb/JA/6, Microfilms, Reel No. 94). Vergennes protested the illegal seizure of “a French Snow or Brigantine ... in Sight of the City of Madeira,” by the privateer Lion, Capt. Benjamin Warren (“John” Warren in the letter and enclosure, but see Allen, Mass. Privateers , p. 206), and called for the punishment that Warren deserved.
On 19 May, in a letter to the president of the congress, the Commissioners referred the protest to that body's deliberation and, in another letter of the same date, informed Vergennes of their action (both in Diary and Autobiography , 4:103). No record of the ultimate disposition of this matter has been found.