Recipient: Whipple, Abraham
Passy, 6 June 1778. printed:JA, Diary and Autobiography
. The Commissioners congratulated Whipple on his escape from the British blockade
of Rhode Island, voyage to France, and arrival with the frigate Providence
at Paimboeuf, all of which had been recounted in his letter to Benjamin Franklin
of 31 May (PPAmP
: Franklin Papers). He was also informed that J. D. Schweighauser at Nantes would
assist him in obtaining whatever supplies and repairs were needed.
On the previous day two letters, the one advising Whipple to come to Brest, and the
other requesting Samuel Tucker, after a three or four weeks' cruise, to come to Brest
for further directions, had been drafted, probably by Arthur Lee, but not sent (PCC
, No. 102, IV, f. 10–11).