[Commissioners to Abraham Whipple]
[dateline] Passi June 13. 1778
Mr. Hezekiah Ford, Chaplain to the third and fifth Regiments of North Carolina Forces,
in the Service of the United States of North America, having been made Prisoner in
America, and sent to Europe, has found his Way to Paris and is now with Us.…He desires
to do what Service he can to the Public, and We have determined to recommend him to
You to officiate on board your Frigate as Chaplain, untill he shall return to America;
and We do hereby recommend him Accordingly. We are Sir, your most &c.
[signed] Signed B. Franklin,
[signed] Arthur Lee,
[signed] John Adams.
[addrLine] Captain Abraham Whipple