1778 – De Sartine au Congrès américain (2)

Versailles, July 29, 1778.

Gentlemen: I have received the letter which yon did me the honor to transmit on the 16th instant. His majesty relies greatly on the succors of provisions which the government of Massachusetts Bay may furnish the islands of St. Pierre and Miquelon.

The difficulties which the privateers of the United States have experienced till now in the ports of France, either as to the sale of their prizes or to secure their prisoners must cease, from the change of circumstances. I make no doubt, on the other hand, but that the United States will grant the …

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1778 – De Sartine au Congrès américain

Versailles, July 14, 1778.

Gentlemen: Notwithstanding the precautions which I have taken to supply the inhabitants of the islands of St. Pierre and Miquelon with provisions for their subsistence, who in their present circumstances can receive very small or no succors from the commerce with France, it may happen that the intervention of one or more of the vessels sent to those islands with provisions may reduce the people to great distress, and it will be too late to apply a remedy after the knowledge of the event shall reach us. I have thought that, in case of pressing necessity, …

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