Recipient: McNeill, Daniel
[dateline] Passy Octr. 27. 17781
We received yours of the 12 Instant relative to your Prisoners. Just at the same Time,
was published here the Kings Reglement, on the subject of Prizes and Prisoners, of
which We inclose you a Copy. We imagined, this must have arrived with you at L'Orient,
so as to make any particular order from the minister unnecessary, for We Supposed
from the 7th and 15 Article, that General orders had been given to all the Ports for
the Reception of Prisoners to be secured by the Kings officers, and maintained at
the Charge of the United States.2
But as Mr. Moylan informs Us, in his Letter of the 213
that the Difficulty you were under by their refusing to receive them still remains,
we Shall directly apply to M. de Sartine and endeavour to obtain the particular order
you desire. In the mean Time We wish you to secure them carefully as an Exchange We
hope is on the Point of being effected, and it is to your Honour that you will be
the Means of delivering from their painfull Captivity, so many of your brave Countrymen.
If the general orders are not yet arrived, and you are about to sail; you may assure
the officers that if they will take Charge of the Prisoners We shall defray the Expence.
We think you are in the right in resolving to have a regular Decision about the affair
of your Prize. We wish you good success in your Cruise and are &c.