[Commissioners to Thomas Simpson]
[addrLine] Lieutenant Simpson
[dateline] Passi July 16.1778.
We have long wished to accommodate Disputes among the Officers of the Ranger, and
have at length the Pleasure to inclose you a Letter from Captain Jones, which has
given Us much Satisfaction for several Reasons, one of which is that it has given
Us an opportunity to reinstate you on board the Ranger.1
You are accordingly, upon the receipt of this Letter, forthwith to take the Command
of the Ranger as her first Lieutenant, and to join Captain Whipple of the Providence,
and observe his orders, relative to your future Cruises and Voyage to America.
As to the British Prisoners you will leave them in such place and in the Custody of
such Persons, as Mr. Schweighauser shall advise.
[signed] B. Franklin,
[signed] Arthur Lee,
[signed] John Adams