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Docno: ADMS-06-07-02-0005-0001

Author: Sartine, Antoine Raymond Jean Gualbert Gabriel de
Recipient: Franklin, Benjamin
Recipient: Lee, Arthur
Recipient: Adams, John
Recipient: First Joint Commission at Paris
Date: 1778-09-06

Gabriel de Sartine to the Commissioners

J'ay recu, Messieurs, la lettre que vous m'avez fait l'honneur de m'ecrire le 30 Aout derniere.1 J'ai envoyé a M. de Vergennes le Passeport necessaire au navire Angloise chargé de l'Echange des Prisonniers de l'Angleterre et des Etats-Unis,2 et je vais donner les ordres necessaires pour que vos Prisonniers Soient mieux Surveillés à Brest, jusqu'au Moment de l'Echange. J'ai l'honneur d'etre, avec un sincere Attachement, Messieurs, votre tres humble et tres obeissant serviteur.
[signed] De Sartine

Docno: ADMS-06-07-02-0005-0002

Author: Sartine, Antoine Raymond Jean Gualbert Gabriel de
Recipient: Franklin, Benjamin
Recipient: Lee, Arthur
Recipient: Adams, John
Recipient: First Joint Commission at Paris
Date: 1778-09-06

Gabriel de Sartine to Benjamin Franklin: A Translation

I have received, gentlemen, the letter that you did me the honor to write on 30 August.1 I have sent to M. de Vergennes the necessary passport for the British vessel charged with the exchange of the prisoners held by England and the United States,2 and shall give the necessary orders to ensure that your prisoners at Brest will be more closely watched until the moment of exchange. I have the honor to be, with sincere attachment, gentlemen, your very humble and very obedient servant.
[signed] De Sartine
1. Not printed, but see the Commissioners to Vergennes, 28 Aug., and note 7, and John Paul Jones to the Commissioners, 28 Aug., and note 1 (vol. 6:401–406).
2. Vergennes sent the passports to the Commissioners in a letter of 9 Sept. ( LbC , Adams Papers), in which he designated either Nantes or Lorient as the point of debarkation for the prisoners.

Docno: ADMS-06-07-02-0006

Author: Adams, John
Recipient: Laurens, Henry
Recipient: President of Congress
Date: 1778-09-07

To the President of the Congress

[salute] Sir

I have the Honour to inclose to congress, all the News Papers, I have by me. Enough to shew that We have nothing very important here, at present.
The French and British Fleets are again at Sea and We hourly expect Intelligence of a Second Battle. But our Expectations from America are still more interesting and anxious, having nothing from thence, since the 3d of July, except what is contained in the English Gazette.
Events have probably already passed in America, altho not yet known in Europe, which will determine the great Question, whether We shall have a long War or a short one.
The Eyes of all Europe are fixed upon Spain, whose Armaments by { 9 } Sea and Land are vastly expensive and extreamly formidable, but whose Designs are a profound, impenetrable secret. Time however will discover them.
In the mean Time however, We have the Satisfaction to be sure they are not inimical to America. For this We have the Word of a King,1 Signified by his Ministers: a King who they say never broke his Word, but on the Contrary has given many Striking Proofs of a Sacred Regard to it. I have the Honour to be, with the Strongest sentiments of Esteem and Respect, sir your most obedient and most humble servant.
[signed] John Adams
RC (PCC, No. 84, I, f. 13); docketed: “Letter from J. Adams Passy Septr. 7th. 1778 read March 9.”
1. That is, Louis XVI.