Recipient: Whipple, Abraham
[Commissioners to Abraham Whipple]
[addrLine] Captain Whipple
[dateline] Passi July 16. 1778.
You are to Use your utmost Endeavours, to take, burn, sink and destroy all Privateers of Jersey and Guernsey, and all other British Cruisers, within the Command of your Force, as you may have Opportunity.
You are to leave all the Prisoners in such place, and in the Custody of such Persons, as Mr. Schweighauser shall advise. We are &c.
[signed] B. Franklin,
[signed] Arthur Lee,
[signed] John Adams.