Versailles, 14 July 1778. printed
: JA, Diary and Autobiography
's English translation). For the French text, see Adams Papers, Microfilms
, Reel No. 94. Sartine noted that, because of the war, supplies from France to the
inhabitants of the islands of St. Pierre and Miquelon were in danger of being cut
off and requested assistance from the United States, particularly Boston, to carry
food and other necessities to them.
Copies of this appeal were enclosed in letters from the Commissioners to the Mass.
Council on 16 July
(same, 4:163–164) and to the congress on 20 July
(calendared below). In the former they asked that Sartine's request be attended to
if possible, adding as an inducement that a good price would be received, while, at
the same time, humanity and Franco-American friendship were served.
The islands were captured in mid-Sept, by a small expedition under the command of
Como. John Evans (London Chronicle, 14 Nov.).