Recipient: Sartine, Antoine Raymond Jean Gualbert Gabriel de
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Passy, 16 July 1778. printed
: JA, Diary and Autobiography
. The Commissioners told Sartine that the congress and the authorities in Massachusetts
would be notified of his request, but that the presence of British warships on the
Newfoundland and Halifax stations might make assistance to St. Pierre and Miquelon
difficult. They also enclosed a letter from J. D. Schweighauser (not found) regarding
problems with the prizes taken by American frigates and requested that Sartine permit
the prisoners taken by the Boston, Providence
, and Ranger
to be confined in French prisons at American expense until they were either exchanged
or sent to America.