[dateline] Passi September 13.1 1778
The Therese has arrived at [Nantes]2
and her Cargo is consigned to Us. We have determined to make Sale of this Cargo,
and reserve the Proceeds for a particular Purpose. We therefore, hereby request and
impower you, to demand and recive her Cargo,3
make sale of it to the best possible Advantage, transmit Us an Account sales as soon
as may be, and reserve the Proceeds of Sale for our further orders.
We have the Honour to be informed by His Excellency, M. de Sartine, that he has taken
Measures concerning the Prisoners, and We have the Pleasure to inform you that We
have, received from this Minister a Passport for a Cartel Ship to come from England
to Nantes or L'orient, with American Prisoners, which ship we hope will take off,
of your Hands and ours all the British Prisoners, now in France, which have been taken
by American Vessells public or private. This Passport We transmitted to England, Yesterday.
<We are with great Respect>, &c. We hope, at length that these unhappy People, both British and Americans, who
have been so long in Captivity, will be restored in a very short time to their Liberty.
If they are not, it shall not be our fault.
We wish the Balimore to sail as soon as possible, having no particular orders to give
We take notice that you have charged five Per Cent for Commissions which we think
too much, we are willing to allow you the Customary Commission, which we understand
is two Per Cent.