Recipient: Sartine, Antoine Raymond Jean Gualbert Gabriel de
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Passy, 3 June 1778. printed:JA, Diary and Autobiography
. Protesting duties charged on goods purchased for the Boston
at Bordeaux, listed in an accompanying account, on the grounds that as a ship of
war it was not liable for them, the Commissioners desired Sartine to take corrective
action. They also requested that the prizes put in the hands of the commandant at
Brest by John Paul Jones be turned over to J. D. Schweighauser because of the heavy
charges to be paid on their sale owing to their having been placed improperly in the
commandant's charge. Finally, if it was not thought improper,, the Commissioners wished
to issue a letter of marque to a vessel outfitted at Dunkirk.