Versailles, 15 May 1778. printed
: JA, Diary and Autobiography
. 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.