Versailles, 18 July 1778. printed
: JA, Diary and Autobiography
's English translation). For the French text, see Adams Papers, Microfilms
, Reel No. 94. Sartine recounted reports that he had received concerning problems
with the French members of the Boston's
crew. Their grievances did not seem to be directed against Samuel Tucker, but rather
concerned their treatment by the first lieutenant and two other officers over pay,
shares in prizes, and the term of enlistment. Sartine asked that Tucker be sent orders
to alleviate the situation and noted that facilities had been offered for the recruitment
of new volunteers.
In a postscript Sartine reported that, in response to a letter from J. D. Schweighauser,
he had sent orders to the admiralty officers at Nantes that should remove any problems
connected with the disposal of the Ranger's prizes.
In a second letter of the 18th
(same, 4:167, JA
's English translation; see Microfilms
, Reel No. 94 for the French text) Sartine noted the presence in French ports of several
American vessels that could be used in the Franco-American war effort, but which were
idle. He asked that the Commissioners give orders to end their inactivity.