Versailles, 29 July 1778.
, French text of both letter and enclosure). For other contemporary copies of the
French text of the letter and regulations, the latter as transmitted and later amended
as a result of the Commissioners' letter of 13 Aug.
(below), and for English translations of the two documents made at the same time,
, No. 83, 11, f. 467, 46Q–476. For printed translations of both the letter and regulations,
the latter again as received and later revised, see Wharton, ed., Dipl. Corr. Amer. Rev.
, 2:673, 685–687. After commenting favorably on the Commissioners' letter of 16 July
(calendared above) concerning aid to the islands of St. Pierre and Miquelon, Sartine
sent the Commissioners a draft set of regulations on the sale of prizes and disposal
of prisoners. He noted that the difficulties in these two matters experienced by American
privateers in French ports would, with the Franco-American treaties, cease in France.
He assumed that reciprocal arrangements could be made concerning French privateers
in American ports and offered the proposed regulations to insure that such would be
the case as well as to prevent future problems.
On 22 Feb. 1779 the congress received the regulations, which took effect on 27 Sept.
in France, and referred them to the Committee on Appeals (
, 13:219; PCC
, No. 59, 11, f. 109–116). No further mention of them has been found.