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Sunday, May 24, 2009

May 24. 1780
Captain Landy is now at L’Orient. We hear that after he was relieved of his command of this ship at Texel by Captain Jones that he made his way to Paris to speak with Dr. Franklin and then here to L’Orient. Our officers have spoken with him and have encouraged him to take back rightful command of the Alliance as he originally obtained his commission by Congress. All of the people that formerly served under him before Captain Jones took the ship have a highly favorable opinion of him and would support him should he decide to return. There has been much trouble between the former crew of the Poor Richard and the former crew of the Alliance. Captain Landy and we have been accused of cowardice from the action on September the 23rd with the Serapis and Countess of Scarborough.

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