[Commissioners to Thomas Simpson]
[dateline] 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
[signed] B. Franklin,
[signed] Arthur Lee,
[signed] John Adams.
[addrLine] Lt. Simpson of the Ranger.