Benjamin Franklin Papers Part 5 -- Letters to Franklin

Mss.B.F85inventory05

Date: 1779 December-1780 | Size: 1 section, 1,072 items

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Letters to Benjamin Franklin
1779 December-17801072 item(s)
XVI, 140. Conyngham, Gustavus.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 December 1A.L.S. 3p.XVI, 140

Texel. Account of his barbarous treatment by the English during his captivity; unhappy situation of the unfortunate prisoners in Plymouth; afraid they will be obliged to enter the English service unless they are soon exchanged.

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Hale's Franklin in France, I, 348.

XVI, 137. Gillon, Alexander, 1741-1794.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 December 1L.S. 3p.XVI, 137

Frankfurt-on-the-Main. Concerning the purchase and fitting out of two large ships, built at Amsterdam; believes with Franklin's aid, Capt. Jones's skill and his own assiduity that there is a fair prospect of their procuring a fleet for America; his disinterested devotion to that country; begs Franklin to take him by the hand and steer him through this difficulty.

General physical description: L.S. 3p.

XVI, 139. Lebègue de Presle, Achille-Guillaume, 1735-1807.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 December 1A.L.S. 2p.XVI, 139

Paris. Begging for the return of M. Nairne's memoir on the apparatus designed for storing electricity. Impossible to procure another copy. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XVI, 138. Mesmer, Franz Anton, 1734-1815.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 December 1A.L.S. 2p.XVI, 138

Paris. As Franklin has shown an interest in the advantages arising from the discovery of animal magnetism, hopes that he will satisfy himself of the genuineness of certain cures he has made; besides the cases that Franklin has already seen, has several others which he will show him on the following Wednesday, if he will dine with him on that day. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XVI, 140.5. Rousseaux, Jean.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 December 1A.L.S. 2p.XVI, 140.5

Wakefield. Begging Franklin to procure his exchange and release him from his present condition of slavery. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XXXVIII, 55. Williams, Jonathan, 1750-1815.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 December 1A.L.S. 1p.XXXVIII, 55

Nantes. Arrival of the schooner called the Committee from Boston; news of Count d'Estaing being in Georgia.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XVI, 141. Mitchell, George.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 December 2A.L.S. 2p.XVI, 141

Brittany. Repeating his former request that he may be set at liberty and suffered to return to America.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XVI, 142. Penet, D'Acosta, Frères et Cie.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 December 2L.S. 2p.XVI, 142

Nantes. Enclosing two letters just arrived from Philadelphia; one for Franklin and one for M. Le Ray de Chaumont.

General physical description: L.S. 2p.

XVI, 145. Bondfield, John.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 December 3A.L.S. 1p.XVI, 145

Bordeaux. News received of the arrival at Savannah of a detachment from Comte d'Estaing's fleet, who took and destroyed the British armed vessels on the coast and made prisoners of eight hundred soldiers at Beaufort.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XVI, 143. Famin, Jean-Baptiste.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 December 3L.S. 3p.XVI, 143

Paris. General belief that Spain will acknowledge America's independence, with the result of establishing consulships in her different ports. Desires the position of Consul at Barcelona. (In French.) (Copy.)

General physical description: L.S. 3p.

LVII, 28. Famin, Jean-Baptiste.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 December 3Mem. 13p.LVII, 28

Paris. Propose to establish an improved distillery for brandy, liquors, etc., in Catalonia, Spain, and describe their plan. Jean Baptiste Famin applies for the appointment of Consul for the United States at Barcelona. (In French.)

General physical description: Mem. 13p.

XVI, 144. Watelet, Claude-Henri, 1718-1786.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 December 3A.L. in 3d P. 1p.XVI, 144

Paris. Desiring to know if Franklin will receive the Commander of the King's frigate L'Oiseau; he is anxious to consult with him on a matter of some interest. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L. in 3d P. 1p.

XXXIX, 135. Dumas, Charles-Guillaume-Frédéric, 1721-1796.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 December 4A.L.S. 1p.XXXIX, 135

Alliance, Texel Road. Copy of a certificate by Harmen Fleus, pilot, stating that on November 28th Vice Admiral Reynst ordered the ship "Alliance" to go to sea when wind and weather rendered it both dangerous and impossible then and since November 23d; orders from Admiral Reynst have exceeded both the intention and terms of the last Resolution.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XVI, 147. Carroll, Charles, 1737-1832.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 December 5A.L.S. 8p.XVI, 147

Annapolis. Introducing Mr. Thomas Ridout. Acknowledges his favor of June 20th by the Chevalier de la Luzerne. Reasons why he resigned his seat in Congress. Deplorable state of the public credit; heavy taxation recommended by Congress. Exorbitant price of all provisions; measures suggested by Congress to check this evil. Describes the army as consisting of 20,000 fine, hardy fellows, well disciplined, well armed, and pretty tolerably clothed, but not strong enough to drive the English out of New York. Sketches a plan of operation which he believes would result in bringing the war to a speedy issue.

General physical description: A.L.S. 8p.

XIII, 82. Le Bolloche de Kerascoet, Ollivier-René.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 December 5A.L.S. 2p.XIII, 82

Paimpal. His eldest son, Thibault Le Bolloche, who sailed for America in June last, a prisoner at Kilkenny, Ireland. Gives an account of himself, his family and children. Thanks Franklin for the kindness he has shown them, and begs him to advance his son two Louis to assist his return home. (In French.)

XVI, 146. Santerre de Beaumont, ------.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 December 5A.L.S. 1p.XVI, 146

Magny. Franklin reported to have claimed his descent from a notary of Pontoise named Dagneaux; is in a position to procure the genealogy of this family. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XVI, 149. Coffyn, Francis.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 December 6A.L.S. 4p.XVI, 149

Dunkirk. Acknowledging the two commissions for the Black Prince and Princess. Aid given to Mr. Wharton and Mr. de Chaumont in their mission. If Captain Conyngham comes to Dunkirk will give him Franklin's letter and furnish him with the necessary funds. Sorry that Franklin has been troubled with complaints from some of the people of the Black Prince; gives an impartial opinion on the subject. Encloses two letters for Franklin from Jonathan Arnold, late lieutenant of the Black Prince, who made his escape from prison with Captain Conyngham.

General physical description: A.L.S. 4p.

XVI, 148. Jenings, Edmund, 1731-1819.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 December 6A.L.S. 2p.XVI, 148

Brussels. Sends a copy of the King's speech to Parliament. Will be pleased to receive Franklin's commands; ambitious to serve his country.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XLII, 143. Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert Du Motier, Marquis de, 1757-1834.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779 December 6]A.L.S. 3p.XLII, 143

The Ministry awaiting news from Comte d'Estaing before doing anything.

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

XVI, 150. Negus, J. Bennet. Connor, Thomas. Dowlin, Patrick.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 December 7A.L.S. 2p.XVI, 150

Dunkirk. A warm denial of the charges brought by William Power and his gang against their worthy friend, Mr. John Torris; his generous behavior to every individual of the crew of the "Black Prince."

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XVI, 151. Jacques Rocquette, T.A. Elsevier, and Fréres Rocquette.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 December 7A.L.S. 2p.XVI, 151

Rotterdam. Acknowledging Franklin's favor of August 6th concerning a first draft of the United States, drawn on Franklin for $30, and presented for payment; precautionary measures they have taken in case of forgery.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XVI, 152. Norway, Richard.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 December 7A.L.S. 2p.XVI, 152

Wishes to serve the American cause; must conceal his true name until he receives an answer.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XVI, 153. Torris, John.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 December 7A.L.S. 3p.XVI, 153

Dunkirk. Vindicating himself of charges brought by certain prisoners, headed by one William Power, who first swore allegiance to the United States and now refuses to serve except under the English flag; Mr. Coffyn and all honest citizens know his probity and no one has just cause to complain of him for the armament of the "Black Prince."

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

XVI, 155. Adams, John, 1735-1826.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 December 8A.L.S. 2p.XVI, 155

Ferrol. Congress having appointed him to a new mission in Europe, embarked on November 13th, but his vessel having sprung a formidable leak, was obliged to anchor at Ferrol. Is the bearer of despatches from Congress and some newspapers containing an account of the evacuation of Rhode Island by the enemy, and of the Comte d'Estaing's progress in Georgia. Hopes the Confederacy arrived safely with M. [Conrad Alexandre] Gé [de Rayneval] and Mr. Jay, who is appointed Minister Plenipotentiary to Spain.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XVI, 154. Beaumarchais, Pierre Augustin Caron de, 1732-1799.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 December 8L.S. 1p.XVI, 154

Paris. Has heard that Franklin intends taking a hotel in Paris, and consequently will need the services of a porter; recommends a man called Abbey. (In French.)

General physical description: L.S. 1p.

XVI, 155.5. Dufourny de Villiers, Louis-Pierre.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 December 8A.L.S. 3p.XVI, 155.5

Paris. Wishing to know the value of a quantity of American paper money. Concerning the session of the "Assemblé publique de la Faculteé,"and the effort that will be made to reconcile them with the "Société Royale de Médecine." Report of Count d'Estaing's feats in Georgia. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

LX, 30. et al. Dalton, John. Bubier, Christopher.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 December 9L.S. 2p.LX, 30

Coutances. Six Americans who escaped from Mill prison in England and who were arrested on suspicion on landing in France, petition Franklin to obtain their release.

General physical description: L.S. 2p.

XVI, 156. Grand, Henri Maximilien, 1757-1827.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 December 9A.L.S. 1p.XVI, 156

Paris. Mr. Moses Grinnell's misfortunes; measures to help him recover the lost bills of exchange.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XVI, 157. John de Neufville and Son (Amsterdam, Netherlands).
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 December 9A.L.S 2p.XVI, 157

Amsterdam. Doubtful whether Commodore Jones's squadron sailed or not.

General physical description: A.L.S 2p.

XXXVIII, 56. Williams, Jonathan, 1750-1815.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 December 9A.L.S. 2p.XXXVIII, 56

Nantes. Business with M. Mercier; sending paper money and receipts.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XVI, 159.5. Commines, Gaston de.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 December 11A.L.S. 4p.XVI, 159.5

Filippine. Has a new invention, which is a great improvement on the usual musketry fire; desires Franklin's assistance in making it known. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 4p.

XVI, 159. Freeman, William.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 December 11A.L.S. 2p.XVI, 159

Bristol. Writes on behalf of Mr. George Phillips, who was taken prisoner by the French; desires a passport to enable him to return to England.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XVI, 158. Sweaney, John.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 December 11A.L.S. 1p.XVI, 158

Angers Prison. Made his escape from an English prison only to be put in a French jail; begs to be released and enabled to return to his family in Boston.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XXXVIII, 57. Williams, Jonathan, 1750-1815.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 December 11A.L.S. 2p.XXXVIII, 57

Nantes. Difficulties in the way of obtaining the condemnation of the prize goods taken by the "Mifflin"; begs Franklin to obtain the necessary papers. Saw in an American paper an address to the people of Ireland, signed with Franklin's name; wishes to know if it is genuine.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XVI, 161. L'Air de Lamotte, Jean.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 December 12L. 1p.XVI, 161

Paris. Condition of M. Dubourg very critical; fears the worst result.

General physical description: L. 1p.

XVI, 160. Ridout, John, 1732-1797.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 December 12A.L.S. 1p.XVI, 160

Annapolis, Maryland. Introducing his brother who is about to proceed to Boulogne to transact some business with Mrs. Ogle, a sister of Franklin's old friend, Colonel [Benjamin] Tasker.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XVI, 163. Bondfield, John.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 December 13A.L.S. 2p.XVI, 163

Bordeaux. Intelligence received from. Georgia, disappointing; thinks the English are too much weakened to attempt anything material against the Southern States; letters from Boston of October 28th give an account of the attack on Savannah, the departure of the French fleet, the evacuation of Rhode Island by the English, and the occupation of Newport by Gen. Gates. Eight American prisoners in Bordeaux, captured on board English ships; encloses a letter (2 p.) from one of these (James Jimis) whose case calls for redress.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XVI, 162. Jones, John Paul, 1747-1792.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 December 13A.L.S. 3p.XVI, 162

Alliance, Texel. Has received Franklin's orders of the 6th inst., respecting the prisoners on board the Alliance; hopes that his enclosed letter to the Duke de la Vauguyon will meet with Franklin's approbation; persuaded that Franklin would never wish him to be made the tool of any great King; rejected their dirty piece of parchment; they would have him do that which would render him contemptible even in the eyes of his own servants. Will sail as soon as the wind permits.

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

XVI, 164. Alexander, Alexander John.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 December 14A.L.S. 1p.XVI, 164

Passy. Enclosing two memoirs, which he begs Franklin to deliver to M. de Sartine and M. de Vergennes.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XL, 105. Alexander, Alexander John.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779 December 14]Mem. 2p.XL, 105

Concerning a memoir by M. de I'Oiseau, which he begs Franklin to present to the ministers; question of his and his brother's estate in Grenada.

XXXIX, 136. Dumas, Charles-Guillaume-Frédéric, 1721-1796.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 December 15A.L.S. 1p.XXXIX, 136

Amsterdam. Contrary winds preventing the Commodore's departure. Illness of Mr. Sayre. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

LXXIII, 54 (XOS). L'Air de Lamotte, Jean.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 December 15Printed. N. 1p.LXXIII, 54 (XOS)

Paris. Invitation to the funeral of M. Barbeu Dubourg.

General physical description: Printed. N. 1p.

XVI, 165. Beccaria, Giambatista, 1716-1781.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 December 16A.L.S. 9p.XVI, 165

Turin. Speaks of Franklin's work on the Aurora Borealis; has written upon this subject himself; sends a list of his various scientific works, with notes of their contents; hopes they may prove of some service and interest to Franklin. (In Italian.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 9p.

XVI, 186. Mazzei, Filippo, 1730-1816.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 December [16]L.S. 2p.XVI, 186

Nantes. Appointed agent in January, 1779, for the Governor and Council of Virginia. On account of delay in remittances, used his own funds and borrowed more; now, Messrs. D'Acosta, of Nantes, refuse to make him adequate advances on his letter of credit; begs Franklin's advice in the matter.

General physical description: L.S. 2p.

XXXVIII, 58. Williams, Jonathan, 1750-1815.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 December 16A.L.S. 2p.XXXVIII, 58

Nantes. Arrival of Philip Mazzei from Ireland, after being captured on his passage from Virginia and imprisoned by the enemy; claims that he is charged with public business of an important nature on which he is ordered to consult with Franklin; will show him every attention if it is Franklin's wish; favorable impression made on him by Mr. Mazzei.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XXXIX, 138. Dumas, Charles-Guillaume-Frédéric, 1721-1796.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 December 17A.L.S. 2p.XXXIX, 138

The Hague. Enclosures by Paul Jones [3p.] relative to pensioning an English pilot. John Jackson, who was forced by accident into the service of the United States, in which service he lost his arm. Copies of letters from Admiral Reynst,. the Chevalier de Lironcourt and Commondore Jones [4p.] relative to Jones leaving the Dutch port at once.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XVI, 166. Chantel, ------.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 December 19A.L.S. 2p.XVI, 166

Turin. Enclosing Père Beccaria's answer [XVI, 165] to Franklin's letter, and offering to act as a medium for any further correspondence. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XVI, 167. Coffyn, Francis.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 December 21A.L.S. 2p.XVI, 167

Dunkirk. Enclosing the two bonds respecting the privateers, Black Prince, Captain Patrick Dowlin commanding, and the Black Princess, Captain Edw[ard] Macatter commanding, also copies of the oath of allegiance to the United States, administered to the commanders, officers, and crews of said privateers.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XXXIX, 139. Dumas, Charles-Guillaume-Frédéric, 1721-1796.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 December 21A.L.S. 4p.XXXIX, 139

The Hague. Admiral Reynst's demand that Jones should either fly the French flag or leave the port; reasons in favor of Jones' determination to fly the American colors. Business with M. de. Neufville. Captain Conyngham on board the Alliance, as a passenger. Captain [Richard] Pearson [of H.M.S. Serapis] on parole; his sword returned to him. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 4p.

XXXVIII, 59. Williams, Jonathan, 1750-1815.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 December 21A.L.S. 1p.XXXVIII, 59

Nantes. Enclosing account of General Sullivan's successes against the Indians and Tories.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XVI, 168. J. F. Frin et Compagnie.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 December 22A.L.S. 1p.XVI, 168

Paris. Enclosing a letter (2p.) from their friends, Mr. Daniel Crommelin and Son, relative to the payment of certain bills of exchange, with a plan for facilitating such intercourse with Holland in future. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XLIII, 201. Laneuville, Louis Pierre Penot Lombart, Chevalier de.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779 After December 22]A.L.S. 1p.XLIII, 201

Lost draft for sixty dollars; asks him to accept duplicates.

XVI, 173. Deane, Silas, 1737-1789.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 December 24A.L.S. 2p.XVI, 173

Williamsburg, Virginia. Hopes to embark for France in the course of two or three weeks. Alarm felt by the accounts from New York of an invasion of Virginia and the other Southern States, which are not well prepared to oppose them; relies much on the severity of the weather to prevent this expedition.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XVI, 169. Hartwell, John.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 December 24A.L.S. 2p.XVI, 169

Boulogne Prison. Born in Boston; was in the English service, but escaped, only to be taken prisoner by the French; begs for his freedom and a pass to enable him to go on board a cutter now at Calais; willing and anxious to fight for his country.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XVI, 172. Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert Du Motier, Marquis de, 1757-1834.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 December 24A.L.S. 2p.XVI, 172

Paris. Announcing the birth of his son, who is to be named George; after his dear friend, General Washington; begs Franklin to inform Mr. William Franklin and Dr. Bancroft of the event.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XVI, 171.5. Mayr, ------ de.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 December 24A.L.S. 3p.XVI, 171.5

Paris. Wishes a position in the American army; his father a well-known Prussian general. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

XVI, 170. Merry, Anthony, 1756-1835.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 December 24L.S. 2p.XVI, 170

Queen Square, Westminster. Reminding Franklin of the many convivial hours they spent together in Cornhill and Queen Square. Begs that the enclosed, unsealed letter may be forwarded to Captain Hawker, a worthy officer of His Majesty's 62d regiment of foot, who has been a prisoner in America ever since the convention of Saratoga; desires Franklin's influence to obtain his exchange, as well as that of Major Harnage, as these two are such friends that one will never accept of a release, unless it extends to the other; their miserable and destitute situation. All their old friends at the George and Vulture are alive and well.

General physical description: L.S. 2p.

XVI, 171. Naghel, ------.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 December 24A.L.S. 3p.XVI, 171

Paris. Is engaged in fitting out two armed frigates with supplies for America; desires to know what objects the Colonists particularly need, and what are the best ports for the sale of his cargo and the purchase of a fresh one. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

XLI, 86. Bancroft, Edward, 1744-1821.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779 December 25]L. in 3d P. 1p.XLI, 86

Letter just received from Mr. Ridley in Maryland; news of Mr. John Adams being appointed to return to Europe and assist in any future treaty of peace; Mr. [John] Laurens appointed Secretary of Embassy at the French Court.

General physical description: L. in 3d P. 1p.

XLIV, 98. Boulainvilliers, Marie Madeleine Adrienne d'Hallencourt Bernard, Marquise de.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779 December 25]A.L 1p.XLIV, 98

Thanking him for his kind attention to the writer and his wife. Inquiries about his health and asks when he will come to see them. (In French.)

XVI, 175. Montgomery, Robert.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 December 25A.L.S. 2p.XVI, 175

Alicante. A Minister to the Court of Madrid will probably arrive soon; offers to give orders to his banker to furnish him with whatever money be may need during his residence at Court, if Franklin desires it. Hopes it is not true that Comte d'Estaing has been repulsed with loss in an attack Savannah. The blockade of Gibraltar still continues.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XVI, 174. Muhlenberg, Henry Melchior, 1711-1787.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 December 25A.L.S. 1p.XVI, 174

Philadelphia. Writes on behalf of the United German Lutheran Ministers to beg Franklin to forward the enclosed letter to His Prussian Majesty's Ambassador or Secretary, to be conveyed in their turn to Hall in Saxony.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XXXVIII, 60. Williams, Jonathan, 1750-1815.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 December 25A.L.S. 2p.XXXVIII, 60

Nantes. Arrival of the frigate, Sensible, in Spain; report that Mr. Adams is on board with credentials as Minister Plenipotentiary at the Court of London; desires to know if this extraordinary piece of intelligence is true. Would never solicit public employment, but would be highly gratified to be taken notice of by Congress. Order from M. de Chaumont for clothing for 15,000 men.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XVII, 12. Woodmason, James.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779 December 25]A.L.S. 2p.XVII, 12

London. Promising to send the twelve reams of paper as soon as it has been marbled. Mr: Beaumarchais' agent, Mr: Le Tellier, is now in London. Has made him some paper for his proposals.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

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XVI, 177. Girault, ------.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 December 27A.L.S. 3p.XVI, 177

Paris. Writes at the request of a commerical house at Rouen to find out if Franklin intends appointing a Consul at that place. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

XVI, 178. Torris, John.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 December 27A.L.S. 2p.XVI, 178

Dunkirk. Has just received Surgeon Boutey's petition to Franklin; cannot furnish him with his full share of the prize money for some weeks. Sailing of the "Black Prince" and "Princess" on the 21st inst.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XVI, 179. Lamarque, Fabre, et Cie.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 December 28A.L.S. 2p.XVI, 179

Paris. Enclosing a bill of exchange for acceptance. Offers their services to supply the American troops with uniforms. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XXXVIII, 61. Williams, Jonathan, 1750-1815.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 December 28A.L.S. 3p.XXXVIII, 61

Nantes. Prices at which he can procure uniforms, etc., for the soldiers.

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

XVI, 180. Paul, ------.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 December 29A.L.S. 1p.XVI, 180

Paris. Sure that Franklin will applaud the design of honoring virtue in the person of Jean Jacques Rousseau, of Geneva; encloses the prospectus and begs Franklin to add his name to the list of those who wish to erect a monument to glory. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XVI, 182. Landais, Peter.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 December 30L.S. 8p.XVI, 182

Paris. Never received a copy of Captain Jone's letter to Franklin dated October 3d, until December 15th; answers one by one the four general charges laid against him: (1) Disobedience of orders; (2) firing upon the "Bonhomme Richard"; (3) not having assisted the "Bonhomme Richard" as soon as possible; (4) not going in pursuit of the fleet the next day. (Copy.)

General physical description: L.S. 8p.

XVI, 181. Lee, Henry.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 December 30A.L.S. 4p.XVI, 181

Cadiz. Begs Franklin to write to the Spanish Consul on his behalf; came to Spain as second Captain of a brig from Philadelphia; got into trouble through a dishonest custom's house official; thrown into prison, where he has languished for nine weeks; implores assistance.

General physical description: A.L.S. 4p.

XVI, 11. Barry, Amelia Evans.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 December 31A.L.S. 7p.XVI, 11

Leghorn. Her Long and painful residence at Barbary brought to an end. Franklin having been deaf to her repeated supplications in favor of Mr. Barry, has little hope of this letter being honored with any notice. Desires his advice concerning the Proprietary grant for a piece of ground in the Province of Pennsylvania. Annexes a copy of a poem written to James Traile and his lady.

XVI, 184. Barry, Amelia Evans.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 December 31A.L.S. 4p.XVI, 184

Leghorn. Heard only a few days before of the death of her revered god-mamma. Is most grateful for Franklin's generosity in regard to the profits from the sale of Gov. Pownall's new edition of her father's map; hopes therewith to educate her four children. Asks for Franklin's literary works with his inscription, "Gift to My Dear Child," on the title page.

General physical description: A.L.S. 4p.

XVI, 183. Dubois-Martin, Guy-Martin.
to Henry Coder (with Coder Note to Franklin)
1779 December 31A.L.S. 1p.XVI, 183

Introducing M. Girault, who desires to recommend a firm at Rouen, in case Franklin intends appointing a Consul at that place. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XXXIX, 140. Dumas, Charles-Guillaume-Frédéric, 1721-1796.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779 December 31A.L.S. 2p.XXXIX, 140

The Hague. Enclosing a further declaration by Amsterdam on the subject of the Resolution of November 17th relative to Paul Jones [3p.]. Account of a stormy quarrel between the Grand Facteur and himself. Copy of letter from Paul Jones [1p.] about some small matters on the "Alliance." (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

LXXII, 78. Amezaga, Ignace d'Urtado, Marquis d'.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779]1 p.LXXII, 78

Inviting Franklin to dinner. In French

LVII, 80. Argaynarats, ------.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779]Mem. 2p.LVII, 80

Is a merchant at St. Jean de Luz; presents a claim for a cargo of supplies and munitions of war sent by him in 1778 to Salem, Mass., and for which he never received payment. (In French.)

General physical description: Mem. 2p.

XLI, 134. Badger, Jonathan.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779]L. in 3d P. 2p.XLI, 134

Lyons. Laying claim to certain lands in Pennsylvania purchased by his mother's brother, Izaac Maritt.

General physical description: L. in 3d P. 2p.

XLII, 92 (OS). Baillard, Nicolas.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779]2 p.XLII, 92 (OS)

Was watchman of the ship Eliza Belle captured by American privateers; requests Franklin to let him have the wood used for packing the cargo of said vessel. (In French.)

XLIV, 206. Bancroft, Edward, 1744-1821.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779]A.L. in 3d P. 1p.XLIV, 206

Accepts invitation to dine with him next Thursday.

LXXII, 14. Bancroft, Edward, 1744-1821.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779]1 p.LXXII, 14

Tuesday morning. Incloses a letter which came (through the hands of Mr. Walpole) by Mr. Hubbard, brother of Lord Buckinghamshire, from England.

XLIII, 136. Bertier, Joseph-Etienne, 1702-1783.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779]L. in 3d P. 1p.XLIII, 136

Presenting his respects to Franklin. (In French.)

General physical description: L. in 3d P. 1p.

LXX, 29a. Bougon, ------ de.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779]1 p.LXX, 29a

Inquires what day he and Dr. Franklin are invited to dine at the Duc de la Val[l]ière's . (In French.)

LXVIII, 65. Boush, William.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779]1 p.LXVIII, 65

Wednesday morning. Would Franklin be obliged to him to send the newspapers and magazines he had the pleasure of lending him. To be directed to Dr. Boush at Madame Villemont's, Rue des St. Jacques.

LXXII, 71. Boush, William.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779]1 p.LXXII, 71

Paris. Boush will do himself the pleasure of waiting on Franklin, agreeable to Franklin's polite Invitation.

XLIII, 139. Brancas, Bufile-Antoine-Léon de Brancas, Comte de. Brancas, Marie-Louise de Lovendal- Danneskiold, Comtesse de.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779]L. in 3d P. 1p.XLIII, 139

Paris. Inviting Franklin and his grandson to dinner. (In French.)

LXX, 39. Cabanis, P. J. G. (Pierre Jean Georges), 1757-1808.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779]A.L.S. 1p.LXX, 39

Our Lady of Auteuil [Mme. Helvetius], Abbé de la Roche and himself accept Franklin's invitation. The former does not promise positively, as Franklin seems to prefer the Countess de Forbach to her. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

LVII, 99. Cadio, François. Venant, ------.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779]2 p.LVII, 99

Request passports and passage to America. (In French.)

LXX, 41c. Calkoen, Hendrik, 1742-1818.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779]1 p.LXX, 41c

A Dutch traveller who asks for an interview with "the Patron of Liberty."

LXXII, 23. Chalut de Vérin, Geoffroy.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779]1 p.LXXII, 23

Inviting Franklin, along with his grandson, to dinner next Saturday. In French

XLI, 27. Chaulnes, Louis-Marie-Joseph-Romain d'Albert d'Ailly, Duc de, 1741-1792.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779]L. in 3d P. 1p.XLI, 27

Sending Franklin several packets confided to him by Mr. Vaughan. (In French.)

General physical description: L. in 3d P. 1p.

XLIV, 241. Chaulnes, Louis-Marie-Joseph-Romain d'Albert d'Ailly, Duc de, 1741-1792.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779]A.L.S. 3p.XLIV, 241

Has been to see Abbe Rochon who showed him an experiment in electricity with a metal jar on a glass base. Thinks he has found the explanation of the phenomena which takes place in this experiment. Asks Franklin's opinion of his theory. (In French.)

LXXI, 114. Condé, Louis Joseph de Bourbon, Prince de, 1736-1818.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779]N. 1p.LXXI, 114

Recommends that M. Delatgenetiere, an infantry officer, be reappointed in some regiment. (In French.)

General physical description: N. 1p.

LXX, 29b. Dumont, -----.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779]Mem. 1p.LXX, 29b

Send, from London, their compliments to Dr. Franklin.

LXI, 82. Erries, ------.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779]Mem. 2p.LXI, 82

Proposal for arming a vessel now at L'Orient. (In French.)

General physical description: Mem. 2p.

LXI, 83. Erries, ------.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779]Mem. 2p.LXI, 83

Items of cost for arming two vessels. (In French.)

General physical description: Mem. 2p.

LX, 45. A French Sailor.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779]1 p.LX, 45

Appeal for assistance. (In French.)

LVII, 81. Gargaz, Pierre-André.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779]Mem. 1p.LVII, 81

Is a school teacher; asks for letters of recommendation to enable him to secure suitable employment. (In French.)

General physical description: Mem. 1p.

LVII, 84. Gauthier, Jacques.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779]2 p.LVII, 84

Is a poor sailor; begs for assistance to go to Bordeaux. (In French.)

XL, 64. Gérard de Rayneval, J.-M. (Joseph-Mathias), 1736-1812.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1780 November 26 or 27]A.L.S. 2p.XL, 64

Begging that the packet sent Franklin may be returned at once; obliged to lay one of the papers before the Minister that very morning. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XLI, 47. Grandjean de Fouchy, Jean Paul, 1707-1788.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779]1 p.XLI, 47

Has received no reply to his former request for a moment's audience; desires to speak with him on an important matter. (In French.)

XLIV, 115. Grivet, -----.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779]A.L. in 3d P. 1p.XLIV, 115

Is a French merchant going to the American Colonies; wishes to have two letters of introduction from Franklin, one for Boston, the other for Philadelphia. (In French.) A.E. by Franklin "To Jonathan Williams, Esq., Boston, Robert Morris, Esq., Philadelphia."

General physical description: A.L. in 3d P. 1p.

LX, 85. Guénard de Faverolle, ------.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779]Mem. 3p.LX, 85

Officer in a regiment of dragoons. Is going to the United States. Offers to carry dispatches to Congress. (In French.)

General physical description: Mem. 3p.

LVII, 101 (OS). Jacques, Comte de Bordeaux.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779]L. in 3d P. 1p.LVII, 101 (OS)

Ship captain of Bordeaux wishes to confer with Franklin on some American business. (In French.)

LXX, 129a. Labussière, ------ de.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779]N. in 3d P. 1p.LXX, 129a

Sending Franklin letters which he has just received for him from Miss Shipley. (In French.)

General physical description: N. in 3d P. 1p.

XLII, 136. Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert Du Motier, Marquis de, 1757-1834.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779]A.L.S. 1p.XLII, 136

Prevented from waiting on Franklin by an attack of fever.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XL, 177. Lafitte, Jean. Lafitte, Leonard.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779]L. in 3d P. 1p.XL, 177

Bordeaux. Is sending his nephew to America to study commerce and learn the English language; begs Franklin to give him letters to Philadelphia and Boston. (In French.)

General physical description: L. in 3d P. 1p.

LVII, 120 (OS). Landells, John.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779]1 p.LVII, 120 (OS)

Is a native of Philadelphia, petitions for assistance to enable him to return to America.

XLIV, 288. La Roche, Martin Lefebvre, Abbé de.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779]A.L. in 3d P. 1p.XLIV, 288

Auteuil. M. and Mme. d'Andlan are about to leave for England and would willingly take charge of any packages or messages that he might wish to send to friends or acquaintances there. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L. in 3d P. 1p.

XLII, 159. Le Roy, Jean Baptiste, 1720-1800.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779]A.L.S. 1p.XLII, 159

Unable to dine with Franklin on Saturday; will come Sunday if convenient. In French.

XLIV, 142. Le Roy, Jean Baptiste, 1720-1800.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779]1 p.XLIV, 142

Friday. Sends a skilful artisan to repair Franklin's lamps. (In French.)

LXI, 75. Le Tellier, James.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779]4 p.LXI, 75

Caen, Normandy. A petition for assistance in ascertaining particulars regarding an inheritance.

XLIV, 276. Le Veillard, Louis Guillaume, 1733-1794.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779]A.L.S. 1p.XLIV, 276

Passy. Asks for the Comedy of the Conscious Lovers, which he had forgotten to take with him.

XL, 179. Longwell, James.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779]A.L.S. 1p.XL, 179

Calais Prison, on board the Amphitrite. His various misfortunes since his capture on board the "Oliver Cromwell," American privateer; begs Franklin to take his case into consideration.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XLIV, 258. Maillebois, Yves-Marie Desmarets, Comte de, 1715-1791.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779]A.L. in 3d P. 1p.XLIV, 258

Has just received the packet for America. Will call to renew his thanks. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L. in 3d P. 1p.

LIII, 62.5b. Moreau, ------.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779]L. 2p.LIII, 62.5b

His discovery of a new malleable metal resembling silver. Has established a factory for making all kinds of forks, spoons, and other articles. Gives price-list. (In French.)

General physical description: L. 2p.

LVII, 114 (OS). Paquin, Michel.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779]L. 5p.LVII, 114 (OS)

Is a convict at Brest; petitions Franklin to obtain his release and offers to serve as a cannoneer in the American army. (In French.)

LXII, 91 (OS). Paquin, Michel.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779]A.L.S. 1p.LXII, 91 (OS)

Offers a portfolio, the work of his hands, and asks him to obtain his release from prison to go to America to work in its service. In French. In triplicate (see also: LXII, 92 and 93).

LXII, 92 (OS). Paquin, Michel.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779]A.L.S. 1p.LXII, 92 (OS)

Offers a portfolio, the work of his hands, and asks him to obtain his release from prison to go to America to work in its service. In French. In triplicate (see also: LXII, 91 and 93).

LXII, 93 (OS). Paquin, Michel.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779]A.L.S. 1p.LXII, 93 (OS)

Offers a portfolio, the work of his hands, and asks him to obtain his release from prison to go to America to work in its service. In French. In triplicate (see also: LXII, 91 and 92).

XLII, 122. Parker, Joseph.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779]A.L.S. 1p.XLII, 122

Concerning his mercantile affairs; desires Franklin's kind interference on his behalf.

XLI, 168. Petrie, Samuel.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779]A.L. in 3d P. 1p.XLI, 168

Paris. Desiring to borrow the last American papers.

General physical description: A.L. in 3d P. 1p.

LXXI, 17. Petrie, Samuel.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779]N. in 3d P. 1p.LXXI, 17

Sending a package which he received in the mail from London.

General physical description: N. in 3d P. 1p.

LXXI, 18. Poissonnier, Pierre Isaac, 1720-1798.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779]N in 3d P. 1p.LXXI, 18

Requesting Franklin to hand the memoir on electricity to its author, M. Mauduit. (In French.)

General physical description: N in 3d P. 1p.

LXXI, 26. Ricard, ----- de.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779]N.S. 1p.LXXI, 26

Requesting an interview about a matter concerning Franklin personally. (In French.)

General physical description: N.S. 1p.

XL, 56. Rochon, Alexis, 1741-1817.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779]A.L. in 3d P. 1p.XL, 56

Paris. Begging Franklin's interest on behalf of M. Prosper Mouret of Aix-en-Provence, who desires to go to America and continue his occupation as printer. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L. in 3d P. 1p.

XL, 75. Rousseaux, Jean.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779]A.L.S. 2p.XL, 75

Calais. Begging for money to take him as far as Paris; desires to go on board on American corsair. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XVI, 185 (OS). St. Esprit, Marie du, Abbesse.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779A.L.S. 1p.XVI, 185 (OS)

Paris. Their admiration and respect for Franklin and their prayers for his preservation. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XLI, 171. Sabine, ------, Baron de.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779]1 p.XLI, 171

A begging letter from a brother Mason. (In French.)

XLI, 186. Sabine, ------, Baron de.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779]1 p.XLI, 186

Begging for assistance; ill, destitute and burdened with an invalid wife. In French. In duplicate, see also: XLI, 187.

XLI, 187. Sabine, ------, Baron de.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779]1 p.XLI, 187

Begging for assistance; ill, destitute and burdened with an invalid wife. In French. In duplicate, see also: XLI, 186.

LXXI, 59b. Sarsfield, Jacques-Hyacinthe, Vicomte de.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779]A.N. in 3d P. 1p.LXXI, 59b

Inquiring about Franklin's health. (In French.)

General physical description: A.N. in 3d P. 1p.

LXXI, 61. Sarsfield, Jacques-Hyacinthe, Vicomte de.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779]A.N. in 3d P. 1p.LXXI, 61

Sending Franklin a few cheeses just received from the Abbaye of Maroilles. (In French.)

General physical description: A.N. in 3d P. 1p.

XLI, 193. Schweighauser, John Daniel.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779]A.L.S. 3p.XLI, 193

Announcing the arrival of the ships from America with rich cargoes— The Fanny, Captain Tokely commanding, the bark Tabac, and the ship La Marie Elizabeth, Captain Young commanding. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

XLI, 202. Stenay, ------ de.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779]1 p.XLI, 202

Begs to know if M. de Montfort mentioned certain plans to the advantage of America; desires the address of the American ladies that she may interest them in her little plans. (In French.)

LXI, 78. Trigant, ------.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779]3 p.LXI, 78

Asking his intervention with M. [Antoine Raymond Jean Gualbert Gabriel] de Sartine to secure the rank of Captain for his son Jean Bart. (In French.)

XL, 97. Wharton, Samuel, 1732-1800.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779]A.L. in 3d P. 1p.XL, 97

Hotel de Rome, Paris, Friday. Desiring to send a packet to London by some of Franklin's friends.

General physical description: A.L. in 3d P. 1p.

XL, 98. Wharton, Samuel, 1732-1800.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779]A.L. in 3d P. 1p.XL, 98

Tuesday, Paris. Requesting the loan of the Parliamentary Registers which contain the Howe controversy.

General physical description: A.L. in 3d P. 1p.

XL, 99. Wharton, Samuel, 1732-1800.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779]A.L.S. 1p.XL, 99

Wednesday, [Paris]. Leaves Franklin certain English papers.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XLIV, 198. Wharton, Samuel, 1732-1800.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779]A.L. in 3d P. 1p.XLIV, 198

Passy. Assures him that the American papers were returned to Mr. Williams the same day.

General physical description: A.L. in 3d P. 1p.

XXXVIII, 181. Williams, Jonathan, 1750-1815.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779]A.L.S. 1p.XXXVIII, 181

Returning the paper Franklin lent him. Promises to write to Mr. Whately.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XXXVIII, 183. Williams, Jonathan, 1750-1815.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779]3p.XXXVIII, 183

Suggestions for improving the value of paper money in America.

General physical description: 3p.

XLIV, 114. Unidentified.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779]A.L. 1p.XLIV, 114

Requesting him to send anything which he wishes to have published about the American Colonies in the enclosed paper to M. Derival, at Brussels. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L. 1p.

LI, 33. Unidentified.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779]1 p.LI, 33

In verse. "My surprise" —homage to Franklin—expresses surprise at having seen Franklin in pleasure resorts and applauding the dancers. (In French.)

LXI, 9. Unidentified.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779]Diss. 3p.LXI, 9

Memorial on commercial relations between France and the United States. (In French.)

General physical description: Diss. 3p.

LXI, 10. Unidentified.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779]Diss. 3p.LXI, 10

Commerce between Switzerland and the United States. (In French.)

General physical description: Diss. 3p.

LXXI, 88. Unidentified.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1779]L. 1p.LXXI, 88

Requesting Franklin to give his approbation to a History of America written by him. (In French.)

LXIV, 33 (OS). Jay, John, 1745-1829.
to Benjamin Franklin
1779-1781Mem. 2p.LXIV, 33 (OS)

Madrid. List of bills drawn on the American Commissioners at Paris.

General physical description: Mem. 2p.

XVII, 2. Beaumarchais, Pierre Augustin Caron de, 1732-1799.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 January 1L in 3d P. 1p.XVII, 2

Paris. In reference to fifty-six bills of exchange. (In French.)

General physical description: L in 3d P. 1p.

XVII, 1. Bilon, Louis Pierre.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 January 1A.L.S. 4p.XVII, 1

Lyons. Wishes to go to America; remorse from a dishonorable action; will guard the secret of his real name until he receives Franklin's answer. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 4p.

XVII, 3. Dehez, Bernard.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 January 1A.L.S. 3p.XVII, 3

St. Sebastian. Trouble brought upon him and the Commandant-General by the behavior of Capt. Conyngham, who obtained the release of four sailors and an officer, prisoners of war, on the understanding that he would make good any charges, should the Court at Madrid disapprove of their release; this promise he failed to keep. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

XVII, 4.5. Ducis, Madame Jean-François.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 January 1A.L.S. 2p.XVII, 4.5

Paris. Concerning a large order received from le Comte de Montfort to supply the hussrs at Philadelphia with various articles of clothing; in case the Count should be killed or the vessel taken, desires Franklin to keep the account of the articles, after he has seen them. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XVII, 5. Coffyn, Francis.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 January 2A.L.S. 2p.XVII, 5

Dunkirk. Arrival of the Serapis, Pallas, and Countess of Scarborough, with the brigantine, Vengeance; no mention made of Captain Jones; imagines he proceeded through the Channel with the Alliance.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XVII, 6. Besson, George Leopold.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 January 3A.L.S. 4p.XVII, 6

Montbeliard. None of his former requests for assistance have been answered. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 4p.

XVII, 8. Coder, Henry, 1738-1780.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 January 3A.L.S. 2p.XVII, 8

Paris. Has promised that Franklin would write to M. le Comte de Broglie, recommending M. Lair De Lamotte, M. Dubourg's nephew, for the position of Secretary.  [Enclosed is a letter of introduction (1 p.), unsigned.] (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XVII, 7. Hartley, David, circa 1731-1813.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 January 3A.L.S. 4p.XVII, 7

London. Thinks the proposition for peace in May and June did some good, although opposed by the Ministry. Is strongly in favor of proposing a ten years' truce to America; part France would play in such an offer; objects to demanding the removal of troops as a preliminary measure; difficulties which confront the peace-maker; would take a bare-foot pilgrimage to Mecca to be assured of safe grounds to act upon; peace negotiations reported to be the object of Mr. Adams's mission; urges Franklin to be ever watchful for this great result.

General physical description: A.L.S. 4p.

XVII, 11. Morel, Veuve Dominique, et fils.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 January 4L.S. 2p.XVII, 11

Dunkirk. Arrival of a portion of Commodore Jone's fleet.

General physical description: L.S. 2p.

XVII, 10. Smith, William.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 January 4A.L.S. 2p.XVII, 10

St. Malo. Born in Baltimore; shipped as officer in the first cruise of the Bon Homme Richard; was wounded and left, at his own expense, at L'Orient; desires a sufficient sum to enable him to redeem his trunk and clothes.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XVII, 13. Woodmason, James.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 January 4A.L.S. 2p.XVII, 13

London. Has shipped the paper; M. Beaumarchais's agent, M. Le Tailleir, returns to England in three weeks and will take charge to any letters; he has purchased Baskerville type for Voltaire's works. Superiority of English over foreign papers. Talk concerning peace very confident.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XVII, 16. Hartley, David, circa 1731-1813.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 January 5A.L.S. 3p.XVII, 16

London. Discusses the question of a ten years' truce in all its aspects; his reasons for treating with the present Ministry; rumor of Sir H. Clinton having been instructed to treat with America; if this is true, desires to know what terms he offered; Spanish papers report that the British Ministry, while openly avowing hopes of reconciliation, were bribing France to abandon America. Conjectures as to the object of Mr. [John] Adams's mission to Europe.

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

XVII, 15. La Fite de Pelleport, Durand-Maurice, Abbé de, 1755-1788.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 January 5A.L.S. 1p.XVII, 15

Paris. Sends a packet of letters for M. Plombard, the French Consul at Charleston; is very uneasy concerning his brother, the Chevalier de la Fitte. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XVII, 14. Lamarque, Fabre, et Cie.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 January 5A.L.S. 2p.XVII, 14

Paris. Sending a bill of exchange payable at sight; good wishes for the success of the American cause. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XVII, 18. Bassemaison Boullet, ------.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 January 6A.L.S. 1p.XVII, 18

St. Malo. Enclosing a letter from Mr. [William] Smith (XVII, 10, see p. 203) to whom he rendered some service; hopes Franklin will interest himself in Smith's case. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XXXIX, 141. Dumas, Charles-Guillaume-Frédéric, 1721-1796.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 January 6A.L.S. 1p.XXXIX, 141

Amsterdam. Enclosing copies of the new protestations by certain Dutch towns against the Resolution in the States-General of Nov. 19th. [In French 5 p.] Departure of Capt. Jones and the squadron. His quarrel with the Grand Facteur; accused by him of having blackened the character of M. G[ran]d in Franklin's eyes.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XVII, 17. Sparre, J. de.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 January 6A.L.S. 2p.XVII, 17

Strasbourg. Has written several letters to Franklin, offering to go to Philadelphia and establish a Military School there; expects his expenses to be defrayed; offers made by the British. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XVII, 19. White, James.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 January 6A.L.S. 2p.XVII, 19

Haarlem. Wrote two months before respecting his method for coloring cotton, wool and yarn, an art for which England, France and Spain offered £1,000 each; prefers to sail for America carrying his secret with him rather than obtain the premium from any one of these Kingdoms; on account of his losses in England and his long stay in Holland, is unable to carry out this plan without Franklin's assistance; should this fail, will be obliged, sorely against his will, to apply to Sir Joseph Yorke.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XVII, 24. Gérard, ------.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 January 7A.L.S. 3p.XVII, 24

L'Orient. Arrival in port of the Black Prince, after being hotly pursued by two English frigates; since the 21st of December, she made five prizes and four ransoms; the prisoners, numbering forty-eight, will be landed and cared for. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

XVII, 20. Taylor, Cradock.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 January 7A.L.S. 2p.XVII, 20

Aix. Since the exchange of the English prisoners, as he refused to be classed in that category, his allowance has been stopped and he has subsisted solely on Franklin's small donation; cannot sail for Martinique until the end of the month, and not then, unless Franklin advances him a small sum for the discharge of his debts.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XVII, 22. Corail de Sainte-Foy, François de.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 January 8A.L.S. 2p.XVII, 22

Toulouse. At the request of two brave officers in the service of the Emperor, sends Franklin the two enclosed packets. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

LIX, 20. Doppelmair, ------ von.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 January 8A.L.S. 3p.LIX, 20

Anspach. Was in the Prussian service. Offers his services to the United States.

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

XVII, 23. Hartley, David, circa 1731-1813.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 January 8A.L.S. 1p.XVII, 23

London. Surprised at not hearing from Franklin for two months, relative to the Cartel; sends copy of letter from the Board of Sick and Hurt, dated November 15th, 1779. [See XVI, 109.]

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XVII, 21. Lloyd, Richard Bennett.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 January 8A.L.S. 3p.XVII, 21

London. Has decided to sail for America in the spring; the best and safest way of conveying his family across the Atlantic. Before leaving Europe, would like to tell Franklin something of interest which he cannot trust to paper.

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

LIX, 19. Weckherlein, Gottlieb Christian von.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 January 8A.L.S. 3p.LIX, 19

Anspach. Refers to Lieutenant General von Saldern, under whom he served. Offers his services to the American cause.

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

LXXII, 73. Chaumont, Jacques-Donatien Leray de, 1725-1803.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1780 After January 8]1 p.LXXII, 73

Invites Franklin to go for a visit this morning to Le Comte Dorvilliers. In French.

LXI, 109. Digges, Thomas Attwood, 1742-1821.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 January 9L.S. 4p.LXI, 109

London. Giving fictitious names under cover of which their correspondence can be safely forwarded. Gives memoranda concerning maps of Great Britain and Ireland, bought by order of William Temple Franklin and lately shipped via Amsterdam. Also enclose bill for books. (See also: LXI, 110).

General physical description: L.S. 4p.

LXI, 110. Digges, Thomas Attwood, 1742-1821.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 January 9N. 1p.LXI, 110

Memoranda concerning maps of Great Britain and Ireland, bought by order of William Temple Franklin and lately shipped via Amsterdam. Copied from letter sent by Digges (see LXI, 109).

XVII, 25. Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert Du Motier, Marquis de, 1757-1834.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 January 9A.L.S. 3p.XVII, 25

Paris. Interview with M. de Montbarrey, on the subject of forwarding military supplies for the American Army.

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Sparks, VIII, 410).

XVII, 26. Landais, Peter.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 January 9A.L.S. 2p.XVII, 26

Paris. Extracts from the letter of John P. Jones to Dr. Franklin, dated at the Texel, October 3d, 1779; begs Franklin to certify that they are a true copy. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XXXIX, 142. Dumas, Charles-Guillaume-Frédéric, 1721-1796.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 January 10A.L.S. 2p.XXXIX, 142

Amsterdam. Complaints against England's treatment of Dutch ships. The "Serapis," "Scarborough," "Pallas" and "Vengeance" said to be safe at Dunkirk; whereabouts of the "Alliance." M. de Neufville's accounts. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XVII, 28. Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert Du Motier, Marquis de, 1757-1834.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 January 10A.L.S. 3p.XVII, 28

Paris. Concerning his efforts to obtain military supplies for the American army.

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Sparks, VIII, 411).

XVII, 27. Mante, Thomas.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 January 10A.L.S. 1p.XVII, 27

Paris. Begs Franklin to assist him.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XLII, 174. Le Roy, Jean Baptiste, 1720-1800.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1780 January 11]A.L.S. 1p.XLII, 174

Paris. Expects to see Franklin Sunday and make up for past neglect. Congratulating him on his seventy-five years. Messages for M. Ingen Housz. (In French.)

XVII, 31. Gérard, ------.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 January 12A.L.S. 2p.XVII, 31

L'Orient. Encloses list of prisoners taken by the "Black Prince," which sailed on the 11th for Brest, where she expected to find her prizes awaiting her; report received of the arrival of only one. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XVII, 30. John Diot and Co..
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 January 12L.S. 3p.XVII, 30

Morlaix. Forwarding a copy of the journal of the Black Princess; arrival of two of her prizes, and one belonging to the Black Princess; begs for their speedy condemnation. Uneasy at hearing no tidings of the Black Princess.

General physical description: L.S. 3p.

XVII, 34. Landais, Peter.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 January 13A.L.S. 3p.XVII, 34

Paris. Concerning his capture of the two Swedish ships; without the ship's papers, can say no more. Question of the accusations brought against him and their utter falsity; expected to have his conduct justified ere this.

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

XVII, 33. Le Veillard, Geneviève-Elisabeth Belamy.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 January 13A.L.S. 2p.XVII, 33

Dreux. Thanking him for the prettiest little desk in the world; its only fault is that it failed to contain a letter saying that he still loved her a little; hopes in a month to be again at Passy where she may once more embrace him; messages from her father and mother; if the desk is his grandson's choice, considers him a young man of extraordinary good taste. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XVII, 32. Marazzani, ------, Comte de.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 January 13A.L.S. 1p.XVII, 32

Paris. Desires to pay his respects to Franklin. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

LIV, 63. United States. Treasurer of Loans.
to the American Commissioners
1780 January 14A.L.S. 1p.LIV, 63

Philadelphia. Notification of bills of exchange furnished to the States of Rhode Island and New York. Signed: Fra[nci]s Hopkinson. (In triplicate.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XVII, 35. Mary,------.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 January 15A.L.S. 2p.XVII, 35

Has been granted a passage, by the Minister of Marine, upon the first vessel sailing for North America; hears that the Continental frigate, the "Committee," sails from Nantes in a few days; desires a letter of recommendation to Franklin's Agent in Nantes.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XVII, 35.5. Torris, John.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 January 15A.L.S. 3p.XVII, 35.5

Dunkirk. Has forwarded particulars of the first fine success of the "Black Prince" and "Princess." Has purchased that day, for the brave Capt. Luke Ryan, the fine large cutter lately commanded by Capt. Royer, which is to be called the "Fearnot"; asks for an American Commission for the Captain. Sixty-six prisoners taken by the above-mentioned ships, are landed and at Franklin's disposal.

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

XVII, 37. Jones, John Paul, 1747-1792.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 January 16A.L.S. 4p.XVII, 37

The Alliance. His safe passage through the Channel, in spite of the enemy's attempts to cut off his retreat; would have given them cause for fresh alarm, had not his sails and rigging been in such a bad condition; description of a brigantine from Liverpool, sailing under Dutch colors, which he took and sent to America; extremely vexatious to see the enemy carrying on half their trade under neutral colors; expects to proceed towards his destined port in France; reasons why he thinks the Court cannot refuse to fit out his ship upon her arrival.

General physical description: A.L.S. 4p.

XVII, 36. Kéralio, Agathon Guynement, Chevalier de, 1723-1788.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 January 16A.L.S. 1p.XVII, 36

Paris. Begs that the enclosed letter may be forwarded. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XVII, 38. Titot, ------.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 January 18A.L.S. 3p.XVII, 38

Colmar. His position of Governor of the Royal Military School at Colmar; his long-cherished desire to serve in the American army; is twenty-five years old. Wishes to know what steps he must take to carry out his plan. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

XVII, 39. Torris, John.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 January 18A.L.S. 2p.XVII, 39

Dunkirk. Begging for the release of eight Irish prisoners, who have sworn allegiance to the United States, and who have been promised berths in the crew of the Fearnot; much in want of such good sailors.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XVII, 40. Dixon, John.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 January 19A.L.S. 1p.XVII, 40

Williamsburg. Encloses letter for his father in Yorkshire; in case his son-in-law [step-son] William Royal is sent to America via France, asks Franklin to recommend him to the care of some good Captain coming to Virginia. (Copy.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XVII, 43. Gardoqui e Hijos (Firm).
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 January 19A.L.S. 1p.XVII, 43

Bilbao. Enclosing letters for the Hon. John Adams, whose agreeable company they have been enjoying and who sets out for Paris on the 20th.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XVII, 42. Gourlade and Moylan.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 January 19A.L.S. 1p.XVII, 42

L'Orient. The arrival of the Black Prince at L'Orient some days before; during eighteen days' cruise in the English Channel, she made several captures and deposited forty-eight prisoners; desires to know if they are to be regarded as the property of the United States, in which case, they must be distinguished from the prisoners of France.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XVII, 41. Zizendorf, L. S. Carlo, Comte de.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 January 19A.L.S. 1p.XVII, 41

Trieste. Recommending his friend, Dominique François Belletti. (In Italian.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XVII, 44. Baudot, ------.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 January 20A.L.S. 2p.XVII, 44

Semur. One of his relatives, a young officer, desires to serve in the American army; requests information as to the expense of the voyage and the articles needed. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XVII, 45. John de Neufville and Son (Amsterdam, Netherlands).
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 January 20A.L.S. 1p.XVII, 45

Amsterdam. They desire Franklin's advice in regard to the payment of a draft.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XVII, 46. Auzoüer, ------, Marquis d'.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 January 21A.L.S. 2p.XVII, 46

Begs for news of Mrs. Carroll, a relative of his wife, and wishes to know if Mr. Carroll will be Franklin's successor, in the event of his quitting France. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XVII, 48. Rayber, ------ de.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 January 22A.L.S. 3p.XVII, 48

Nantes. Claims that he was promised the position of Captain of Marines, by Commodore Guillin [Gillon], who told him to await at Nantes the orders he would send by Capt. [William] Robeson; has heard nothing since; his letters unanswered and he himself reduced to the last degree of poverty and misery; begs for assistance.

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

XXXIX, 143. Dumas, Charles-Guillaume-Frédéric, 1721-1796.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 January 24A.L.S. 2p.XXXIX, 143

Amsterdam. Enclosing a letter [1 p.] from the Baron de la Houze relative to the two prizes seized at Bergen and restored to the English. Anxious for tidings of Paul Jones, also for news of the ship "Confederacy," carrying Messrs. [John] Jay and [William] Carmichael. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XVII, 50. Sayn-Wittgenstein, Jean-Louis, Comte de.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 January 25L.S. 2p.XVII, 50

Wittgenstein. Since 1776, le Sieur Lutterloh has owed him and his subjects a large sum of money; believes him, at present, to be serving with distinction in Washington's army; thinks he will be willing to pay his debts if he has the means; begs for Franklin's mediation. (In French.)

General physical description: L.S. 2p.

XVII, 51. Dowlin, Patrick.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 January 27A.L.S. 1p.XVII, 51

Black Prince, Brest. Has taken three valuable prizes, four ransoms, and put forty-three captives into the prison at l'Orient; his consort; the "Black Princess," boasts four prizes, will send copy of journal and the names of the prisoners; hopes shortly to be ready to join the "Black Princess" at the Ile of Ross.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XVII, 52. Hodgson, William, 1725-1784.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 January 28A.L.S. 3p.XVII, 52

London. Having received no answer to his letter of Nov. 23rd, presumes it miscarried; miserable condition of the American prisoners, who number 1,100; does not understand why nothing has been done to forward the exchange as the English Board of Sick and Hurt are most anxious to do their part; another passport needed, as two vessels will not be sufficient.

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

XLI, 192. Scott, George.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1780 January 28]A.L.S. 1p.XLI, 192

Paris. Desiring a pass from Marseilles to Naples.

XLI, 147. Fleury, François-Louis Teissèydre, Vicomte de.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1780 Before January 29]A.L.S. 3p.XLI, 147

Paris. Asking to have his medal [ordered by the Congress] struck by the following week, as the King desires to see it; suggestions for the design.

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

XVII, 54. Bondfield, John.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 January 29A.L.S. 1p.XVII, 54

Bordeaux. Departure of Mr. Adams from Bayonne. His reasons for thinking the "Confederacy" has foundered; bewails the difficulty and uncertainty of correspondence with the United States; suggests the benefits of having monthly packet boats; in daily expectation of valuable arrivals from America.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XVII, 53. Ryan, Luke.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 January 29A.L.S. 2p.XVII, 53

Dunkirk. His health perfectly restored; waits with impatience the commission for his ship the "Fearnot"; his refusal of offers made by the French will only serve under the American flag; refuses to expose himself to the insults of French officers. His scheme for the Bristol fair of March, will, he hopes, deprive the fair of some linen and other cargoes.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XVII, 55. John Diot and Co..
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 January 31A.L.S. 2p.XVII, 55

Morlaix. Referring Franklin to their letter of the 12th inst.; enclosing a copy of the journal of the "Black Prince"; their anxiety lest two of the prizes taken by the "Princess" have been retaken or lost; think both privateers will be ready for sea again in a few days; need of the prizes being speedily judged and condemned, on account of the great demand for provisions in the French navy.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XLII, 102 (OS). Andrieu, ------ d'.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1780 January-June]2 p.XLII, 102 (OS)

Petitions for assistance to enable him to go to America. (In French.)

XXXIX, 144. Dumas, Charles-Guillaume-Frédéric, 1721-1796.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 February 1A.L.S. 3p.XXXIX, 144

The Hague. Irritation of a certain great person against the English owing to their treatment of the Dutch ships; his expressed intention to propose a new resolution in favor of unlimited convoys, annulling all subsequent bills opposed to this measure. Information concerning the Baron de la H[ouze]. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

XVII, 56. Taylor, John.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 February 2A.L.S. 2p.XVII, 56

Bath. His claim, through Ralph Fretwell, to a considerable tract of land in Chester County, Pa.; has the original warrant; desires advice as to how to proceed in the matter.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XXXIX, 145. Dumas, Charles-Guillaume-Frédéric, 1721-1796.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 February 4A.L.S. 3p.XXXIX, 145

The Hague. The unanimous resolution of the Holland Assembly for unlimited convoys. Not yet the right moment to propose a treaty to Holland. Account of a M. G(u)illon at Amsterdam, who passes as a United States Admiral and has the confidence of M. Van Berkel and other distinguished persons; suspects some intrigue like that of Mr. W[illam] L[ee] or Mr. Izard. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

XVII, 57. Servières, Baron de.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 February 4A.L.S. 2p.XVII, 57

Hesdin. Has been authorized by M. Necker to write a treatise on the comparative cultivation of tobacco; among other works, has need of one on the cultivation of tobacco in Virginia published in England a few years before; if it is in Franklin's possession, begs him to forward it with any other treatises on the subject he may be able to procure; relies on M. Necker and the Chevalier de Keralio to speak for him in this matter. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XVII, 59. Montago, Mourete, Marquise de.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 February 7A.L.S. 2p.XVII, 59

Beaucaire. Writes on behalf of Pierre Colomb, who desires to enter the service of the United States. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XVII, 58. Scott, George.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 February 7A.L.S. 1p.XVII, 58

Paris. Will send his servant for an answer to the question enclosed on a separate paper herein.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XLII, 106. Priestley, Joseph, 1733-1804.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1780 Before February 8]L. 3p.XLII, 106

His business connections with a certain person [Lord Shelburne?].

General physical description: L. 3p.

LX, 37. et al. Boyd, William R..
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 February 8L.S. 2p.LX, 37

Nantes. Petition for relief, from seamen belonging to Captain Green's vessel which was sunk.

General physical description: L.S. 2p.

XXXIX, 146. Dumas, Charles-Guillaume-Frédéric, 1721-1796.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 February 8A.L.S.XXXIX, 146

The Hague. Rumor that Captain Jones is cruizing off the coast of Ireland. Baron de la H[ouze] not to be trusted. Anxious concerning the fate of the Confederacy. (In English; partly in cipher.).

General physical description: A.L.S.

LX, 129. Dumas, Charles-Guillaume-Frédéric, 1721-1796.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1780 February 8]Mem. 2p.LX, 129

The Hague. Remedy to cipher. Secret code for corresponding with Dr. Franklin. (In French.)

XVII, 61. Chantereyne, ----- de.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 February 9A.L.S. 1p.XVII, 61

Cherbourg. Desires Franklin to forward him the judgment of the prize ship La Providence, taken by the Black Prince; the sale to take place on the 6th of March. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XVII, 62. Laennec, Th. M..
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 February 10A.L.S. 2p.XVII, 62

Quimper. The Admiralty having omitted to send an account of their procedure in regard to the prize captured by the Black Prince, takes it upon himself to perform this duty; M. Diot only awaits Franklin's decision before allowing the sale to take place. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XVII, 63. Landais, Peter.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 February 10A.L.S. 2p.XVII, 63

Paris. Has been in Paris since January 15th, awaiting at least his reinstatement to the command of the "Alliance"; all his possessions left on board that frigate; demands money to replace these things, and also for his daily expenses.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Hale's Franklin in France, I, 323.

LIX, 77. Steuben, Wilhelm Augustine von, 1699-1783.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 February 11A.L.S. 2p.LIX, 77

Custrin. Acknowledges receipt of letter of November 21, 1779. Announces the death of his wife. Begs that the enclosed letter be forwarded to his son. In duplicate (see also: LIX, 78).

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

LIX, 78. Steuben, Wilhelm Augustine von, 1699-1783.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 February 11A.L.S. 2p.LIX, 78

Custrin. Acknowledges receipt of letter of November 21, 1779. Announces the death of his wife. Begs that the enclosed letter be forwarded to his son. In duplicate (see also: LIX, 77).

XVII, 60. Taylor, Cradock.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 February 11A.L.S. 1p.XVII, 60

Aix. Begs for a sufficient sum to enable him to return to his own country.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

LXXII, 64. Adams, John, 1735-1826. Dana, Francis, 1743-1811.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1780 On or After February 11]1 p.LXXII, 64

Adams has invited company to dine with him on Sunday next, previous to Franklin's invitation to dine with him on that day. They cannot do themselves the honor of waiting upon him.

XVII, 64. Littlepage, Lewis, 1762-1802.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 February 12A.L.S. 2p.XVII, 64

Nantes. Arrived from Virginia the day before; expected to find Mr. Jay in Paris, but has just heard that he is in Cadiz; hopes Franklin will advise Mr. Jay how to proceed; has letters of recommendation to M. Beaumarchais and other gentlemen.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XVII, 68. Bondfield, John.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 February 13A.L.S. 2p.XVII, 68

Bordeaux. Arrival at Cadiz of Mr. [John] Jay and M. [Conrad Alexandre] Gérard [de Rayneval] from Martinique. Account of the doings of the active Bareclo and the steps taken by him to protect his ships. Various reports of operations in the West Indies where it is apprehended that the English will be active.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XVII, 66. Jones, John Paul, 1747-1792.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 February 13A.L.S. 3p.XVII, 66

L'Orient. His reasons for returning to port so soon; wretched condition of the Alliance; does not boast one good rope or sail; blames this state of things on Captain Landais' slothfulness and ignorance. His health rather impaired from his late fatigues; has been almost blind with sore eyes. Steps he intends taking to repair the Alliance. Wishes the Serapis could be made the property of America.

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

XVII, 69. Gourlade and Moylan.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 February 14A.L.S. 2p.XVII, 69

L'Orient. Arrival of Captain Jones on the 10th inst., as well as Mr. Haywood in the ship "Governor Livingston" from Virginia; when she left port, four thousand British troops were expected on one of their characteristic visits to Chesapeake Bay, and four thousand more were designed for Georgia.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

LXII, 119. Stuart, John et al.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 February 14L.S. 1p.LXII, 119

Dunkirk. Expressing their thanks for their appointments to serve under Captain Ryan, of the Fearnot.

General physical description: L.S. 1p.

XXXVIII, 62. Williams, Jonathan, 1750-1815.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 February 17A.L.S. 2p.XXXVIII, 62

Nantes. Concerning the acceptance of certain bills. Desires to know if he is to observe the directions of Congress only as regards the uniforms, etc.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XVII, 71. Conti, Louis-François-Joseph de Bourbon, Prince de, 1734-1814.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 February 18L.S. 1p.XVII, 71

Paris. Requesting passports for two of his huntsmen who go to England to procure him horses. (In French.)

General physical description: L.S. 1p.

XXXIX, 147. Dumas, Charles-Guillaume-Frédéric, 1721-1796.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 February 18A.L.S. 2p.XXXIX, 147

The Hague. Heard from Jones himself of his arrival at Corunna, January 16th. (In French; partly in cipher.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XVII, 72. Lloyd, Richard Bennett.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 February 18A.L.S. 2p.XVII, 72

London. Unable to get his remittances from home; obliged, therefore, to return to America with his family; has not sufficient money to make a long journey before sailing, so is obliged to go directly to New York; begs for a letter to the Governor of the Jerseys, and a few lines to a friend of Franklin in Philadelphia, mentioning the cause of his coming to America by way of New York.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XVII, 70. Merry, Anthony, 1756-1835.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 February 18A.L.S. 2p.XVII, 70

London. Mr. Ingham Foster in perfect health; Mr. Aubert in danger of his life, and his great friend, Sir James Burrow, seriously ill; the illness of his friends together with his own misfortunes he finds sorely depressing.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XVII, 73. Milhas, ------.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 February 19A.L.S. 2p.XVII, 73

Bordeaux. Concerning an American bill in his possession which he wishes to have negotiated. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XVII, 75. Besson, George Leopold.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 February 20A.L.S. 4p.XVII, 75

Montbeliard. No reply to his various appeals for help; fears he has unwittingly offended Franklin; his end is near; cannot die tranquilly without the assurance of Franklin's forgiveness. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 4p.

XVII, 74. Püppele, August.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 February 20A.L.S. 1p.XVII, 74

Karlsruhe. On the strength of his former services in America, begs Franklin to forward the enclosed letter.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XVII, 76. Jones, John Paul, 1747-1792.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 February 21A.L.S. 2p.XVII, 76

L'Orient. Certain repairs on the Alliance absolutely necessary; promises economy. Unless the prize money is paid, his throat will assuredly be cut.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XVII, 78. Monchanin, P..
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 February 22A.L.S. 2p.XVII, 78

Paris. Emboldened by the interest Franklin has shown in his "Table Raisonné de l'Economic Politique," begs permission to dedicate his present work to him,—a moral and political catechism. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XVII, 79. Jones, John Paul, 1747-1792.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 February 23A.L.S. 2p.XVII, 79

L'Orient. Not necessary to have the Alliance heaved down; repairs needed. Hopes that the wages due the surviving seamen of the late Bon Homme Richard may be paid them at once. His eyes still very weak and inflamed.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XVII, 84. Bondfield, John.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 February 24A.L.S. 2p.XVII, 84

Nantes. Congratulating Franklin on the safe arrival of Mr. Jay and the other passengers on board the "Aurore." Desires to know if the cannon purchased by Franklin's order could be conveyed to America in the " Alliance."

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XVII, 80. Cooke, Richard Donaldson, 1749-1785.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 February 24A.L.S. 1p.XVII, 80

Rotterdam. Received the enclosed letter from Mr. Bache, of Philadelphia, in June, 1778, but has been unable to deliver it sooner. In Europe concerning a legacy left his father. Before leaving America, he commanded a company in the Continental service.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XVII, 83. Ginet, L..
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 February 24A.L.S. 2p.XVII, 83

Lyon. Desires news of his son, a secretary under M. [Conrad Alexandre] Gérard [de Rayneval]; begs for that gentleman's present address. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XIII, 139. Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert Du Motier, Marquis de, 1757-1834.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 February 24A.L.S. 2p.XIII, 139

Versailles. Concerning the four thousand suits of clothes which must be at La Rochelle by March 2d, if they are to go on the frigate which takes him to America.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XVII, 81. Lovell, James, 1737-1814.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 February 24A.L.S. 2p.XVII, 81

Acknowledging his favors of May 26th and December 30th. The Commercial Committee impressed with Franklin's sentiments respecting draughts. Brighter prospect of suitable remittances since the Resolve of December 14th, Chevalier de la Luzerne strongly in favor of a correspondence by cipher; encloses a very good one (1 p.), though a little tedious.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

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XVII, 82. Webb, William.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 February 24A.D. 1p.XVII, 82

L'Orient. Acknowledging the receipt on board his vessel, the Happy Return, of a long list of English prisoners, taken by the American corsair, the Black Prince. (In French.)

General physical description: A.D. 1p.

XVII, 85. Becker, Frantz Nicolaus Gustav, b. 1750.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 February 25A.L.S. 1p.XVII, 85

L'Orient. Enclosing the receipt of the English Captain, William Webb, for the twenty-eight American prisoners received on board his ship, the Happy Return.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XVII, 88. Bondfield, John.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 February 25A.L.S. 3p.XVII, 88

Nantes. Acknowledging Franklin's favor of the 14th inst. The petition of the poor American is perfectly true; his sufferings from illness and poverty genuine; will make inquiry about the man, and reward those who befriended him; this is only one of many cases met with at all sea-ports; has a heavy charge against the State for these advances.

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

XXXIX, 148. Dumas, Charles-Guillaume-Frédéric, 1721-1796.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 February 25A.L.S. 1p.XXXIX, 148

The Hague. Nothing accomplished by the Holland Assembly; more talk of increasing the navy. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XVII, 87. Jones, John Paul, 1747-1792.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 February 25A.L.S. 2p.XVII, 87

L'Orient. Promises to be as economical as possible. Will gladly carry the supply of arms and clothing to America and will do his best to accommodate the four gentlemen mentioned as passengers. In great want of a first lieutenant; the present incumbent oftener drunk than sober; would consider it a great favor if he could have Lieutenant Rhodes, now on board the Luzerne. His letter to Mr. Baudouin written to remove any prejudice against himself which might prove hurtful to the common cause. Question of prize money.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XVII, 86. Lagau, Philippe Jean Joseph.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 February 25A.L.S. 2p.XVII, 86

Hamburg. Certificate as Consul of France given to Captain Boullancourt. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XVII, 89. Fleury, François-Louis Teissèydre, Vicomte de.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 February 26A.L.S. 1p.XVII, 89

Paris. Has written to Congress and to General Washington asking for an extension of his furlough; thinks a word from Franklin might procure him this favor.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XVII, 90. Coffyn, Francis.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 February 27A.L.S. 1p.XVII, 90

Dunkirk. Introducing Thomas Kearl, of Norfolk, who desires to know the best way of returning to his native country.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XVII, 93. Bingham, William, 1752-1804.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 February 28A.L.S. 2p.XVII, 93

St. Pierre, Martinique. Complains bitterly of having received no answers to the many official letters he has had occasion to send; ignorant to what cause to attribute so mortifying a neglect; Franklin's refusal to sign bills for the disbursement on Continental vessels has placed him in a most embarrassing position; will shortly resign his post, his chief reason being the total lack of provision for the liquidation of debts contracted on public account. (In duplicate.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XVII, 91. Keiser, ------.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 February 28A.L.S. 2p.XVII, 91

L'Orient. Desiring to know if the prisoners taken by American ships are permitted to enter the American service; many can be found willing to do this; great need of men on board the American vessels; if such an arrangement is feasible, asks that M. Puchelberg, the agent of Congress, may be informed of the fact. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XVII, 94.5. Landais, Peter.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 February 28A.L.S. 2p.XVII, 94.5

Paris. Requesting that he may be sent to America for trial, that his trunks, sealed, be remitted to the agent, and that he may be paid prize money and salary due him.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XVII, 92. Walsh, Dennis.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 February 28A.L.S. 3p.XVII, 92

Vlissingen. Concerning the dishonest conduct of one Thomas Neweil, who declared he was bound for the Bay of Honduras and made application for goods on freight; instead of this, he proceeded to the Danish island of St. Thomas and there disposed of his partner, Mr. Barry's property and that of the other shippers; desires Franklin's influence to help him obtain some redress.

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

XVII, 97. Izard, Ralph, 1742-1804.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 February 29A.L.S. 1P.XVII, 97

Paris. Has written to Captain Jones relative to procuring a passage on board the "Alliance"; desires to be notified when he must set out for l'Orient, and who the other passengers will be; wishes to stay in Paris with his family until the "Alliance" is ready to sail.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1P.

XVII, 95. Johnson, Joshua, 1742-1802.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 February 29A.L.S. 2p.XVII, 95

Nantes. His appointment by Congress to examine the accounts of all those in Europe who have been intrusted with the public money.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XVII, 98. Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert Du Motier, Marquis de, 1757-1834.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 February 29A.L.S. 4p.XVII, 98

Paris. Arms and clothing for the American troops; his success in procuring them.

General physical description: A.L.S. 4p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Works (Sparks, VIII, 422).

XVII, 96. Lee, Arthur, 1740-1792.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 February 29A.L.S. 1p.XVII, 96

Paris. Has found not only the original of the Treaty of Alliance, but that too, of the separate and secret act, both of which he encloses.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XVII, 94. Sartine, Antoine de, Comte d'Alby, 1729-1801.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 February 29L.S. 2p.XVII, 94

Versailles. Writes on behalf of several sailors who failed to receive their share of the prizes taken by the "Revenge," Captain Conyngham. (In French.)

General physical description: L.S. 2p.

XL, 146. John de Neufville and Son (Amsterdam, Netherlands).
to Benjamin Franklin
[1780 February]A.L.S. 2p.XL, 146

Commodore Jone's arrival at Corunna; the English not nearly as insolent to him as to the Dutch. Account of many American gentlemen who escaped from English prisons; efforts made to obtain for some of them a passage home.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

LXIV, 20. John de Neufville and Son (Amsterdam, Netherlands).
to Benjamin Franklin
[1780 February]L.S. 2p.LXIV, 20

Advice that they have endorsed certain bills to Sir John Lambert.

General physical description: L.S. 2p.

XLII, 59. Coder, Henry, 1738-1780.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1780 Before March]L.S. 3p.XLII, 59

Describes different plans for destroying England's commerce on the sea, making raids on the English coast, seizing the channel islands and forcing England to come to terms with the United States. Submitted his plans to M. de Sartine. Deplores that they were not adopted by the latter. (In French.)

XLIII, 143. Chaumont, Jacques-Donatien Leray de, 1725-1803.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1780 March 1]A.L. in 3d P. 1p.XLIII, 143

Forwarding a dispatch from M. Dumas and a letter from M. Landais. He thinks only Jones to be able to say in America that he did not seek the command of the "Alliance"; desires to be employed in France. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L. in 3d P. 1p.

XVII, 100. Du Marquet, ------.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 March 1A.L.S. 3p.XVII, 100

Pont-Saint-Esprit. Desires to emigrate to America with his family; wishes advice and encouragement. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

XVII, 101. Hartley, David, circa 1731-1813.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 March 1A.L.S. 2p.XVII, 101

London. His patience well-nigh exhausted trying to arrange for an exchange of prisoners; begs that a hundred English prisoners may be held in readiness at Morlaix; has proposed parole exchanges at sea, but with no success, as they claim the American captors would have the advantage. Hopes for a speedy reconciliation upon the basis of humanity and justice.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XVII, 102. Adams, John, 1735-1826.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 March 2L in 3d P. 1p.XVII, 102

Passy. [Charles Gravier], le Comte de Vergennes has appointed next Tuesday for him to be presented to the King and Royal family at Versailles; will have the honor of breakfasting with Franklin on that day.

General physical description: L in 3d P. 1p.

XXXIX, 150. Dumas, Charles-Guillaume-Frédéric, 1721-1796.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 March 2A.L.S. 1p.XXXIX, 150

The Hague. Desires him to send the enclosed letter to Captain Jones; thinks the letter too exasperated against Sartine and Chaumont. (Partly in cipher.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XXXIX, 151. Dumas, Charles-Guillaume-Frédéric, 1721-1796.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 March 2A.L. 1p.XXXIX, 151

The Hague. Question of the two prizes restored to the English by Denmark; extract of a letter [1 p.] naming the persons who played a great part in the business. (Chiefly in cipher.)

General physical description: A.L. 1p.

LIX, 34. Bühring, ------.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 March 3A.L.S. 3p.LIX, 34

Berlin. Discusses financial crisis of America, and disadvantages of paper money. Has a plan, whereby the United States may obtain money. Demands a £20,000 country-seat in United States for his scheme.

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

XVII, 106. Jones, John Paul, 1747-1792.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 March 3L. 4p.XVII, 106

L'Orient. Necessity of stowing the arms for the Continent at once. Dislikes to complain of any man, but M. Schweighauser refuses to settle with Mr. Williams in regard to the Ranger's prizes; has received no payment up to this time; his sailors look to him for their rights. If Franklin approves the enclosed letter, begs that it may be forwarded to the Countess of Selkirk. Offers to take the cannon on board the Alliance.

General physical description: L. 4p.

XVII, 103. Mancet et Cie..
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 March 3A.L.S. 3p.XVII, 103

Brest. Proposal to arm a vessel for the American service to sail under the American flag, and to be called the Franklin. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

XVII, 104. Rayber, ------, Chevalier de.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 March 3A.L.S. 2p.XVII, 104

Nantes. Is in the last stages of poverty and misery, owing to the failure of Commodore Guillen [Gillon] to give him the promised commission; encloses a memoir (XVII, 105) of his situation; hopes justice will be done. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XVII, 105. Rayber, ------, Chevalier de.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 March 3A.D.S. 7p.XVII, 105

Nantes. Setting forth in detail the offers he received from Commodore Guillen [Gillon], and the failure of that officer to keep his promises. (In French.)

General physical description: A.D.S. 7p.

XVII, 108. Briqueville de La Luzerne, ------.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 March 4A.L.S. 1p.XVII, 108

Prison de l'Abbaye. Enclosing a memoir concerning the unfortunate affair which took place sixteen years before; begs Franklin to read it, and, if he is judged innocent, that some interest shall be taken in his behalf. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XLII, 145. Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert Du Motier, Marquis de, 1757-1834.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1780 March 4]A.L. 1p.XLII, 145

Going to Versailles for the last time before his departure; desires Franklin's despatches that night.

General physical description: A.L. 1p.

XVII, 107. Littlepage, Lewis, 1762-1802.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 March 4A.L.S. 2p.XVII, 107

Nantes. All American papers on the Livingston were thrown overboard on account of their mistaking the Alliance for an English frigate. Depreciation of currency still continues; the wise and politic Legislature of Virginia has tried to better it by taxes and other impositions. British fleet was expected in Chesapeake Bay to take the Fendant whose situation was miserable, owing to the mortality among her men. Expects to proceed to Bordeaux, and remain there until he hears from Mr. Jay.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

LIX, 76. Paulus, Father.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 March 4A.L.S. 2p.LIX, 76

Marseilles, "at the Convent of barefoot, shoeless Carmelites." Desires to emigrate to the United States to minister to the spiritual wants of Catholics.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XVII, 111. Richard Neave and Son.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 March 5A.L.S. 1p.XVII, 111

Passy. Concerning a promise by Mr. Wharton assuring them a passage to America and means of support up to that time; his present refusal to do either; sums of money due the house of Neave and Son by the house of Baynton, Wharton and Morgan, who have proved their ruin; desire Franklin to use his good offices with Mr. Wharton, that they may not be reduced to beggary.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XVII, 110. Ritchie, Juliana.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 March 5A.L.S. 4p.XVII, 110

Cambray. For two years has heard nothing of her husband; begs for any news of him which Franklin may be able to procure.

General physical description: A.L.S. 4p.

XVII, 109. Scott, George.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 March 5A.L.S. 1p.XVII, 109

Marseilles. Announcing his arrival at Marseilles after a cold and tedious journey; expects to sail at once for Naples; traveled from Paris to Lyons with a friend of Franklin, l'Abbé Rozier; politeness shown him by the Marquis de Cugny, and the Duc de Pilles, Governor of Marseilles.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XVII, 113. Jones, John Paul, 1747-1792.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 March 6L.S. 1p.XVII, 113

L'Orient. Enclosing an extract of letter from Sir R[obert] Finlay respecting an invention of bombs, which are calculated to set fire to any object against which they are discharged by cannon; hopes Franklin may find the inventor worthy of further attention.

General physical description: L.S. 1p.

LXIV, 23. United States. Treasurer of Loans.
to the American Commissioners
1780 March 6L.S. 2p.LXIV, 23

Philadelphia. No. 15. Statement of sets of exchange issued to the States of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Signed: Fra[nci]s Hopkinson.

Other Descriptive Information: See also: LXIV, 22, 24-29

LIV, 64. United States. Treasurer of Loans.
to the American Commissioners
1780 March 6A.L.S. 1p.LIV, 64

Philadelphia. Notification of bills of exchange furnished to the States of Pennsylvania and New York. Signed: Fra[nci]s Hopkinson.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XL, 65. Tott, François, Baron de, 1733-1793.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1780 After March 6]1 p.XL, 65

Paris. Desires to consult Franklin about an engraving of General Washington; the affair left in his hands by the Marquis de la Fayette. (In French.)

XVII, 114. Schüler, A. C..
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 March 7A.L.S. 3p.XVII, 114

Brunswick. His young brother enlisted, against the will of his relatives, in the troops of Brunswick, serving in Virginia; the reigning Duke will permit his return, if the consent of the Americans can be obtained. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

XVII, 115.5. Eudel, A. M..
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 March 8A.L.S. 2p.XVII, 115.5

Cherbourg. Asking for news of M. Tardiveau who went to America to engage in commerce there; begs that the enclosed letters may be forwarded to him. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XVII, 115. Ollive, Louis Michel.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 March 8A.L.S. 2p.XVII, 115

Marseilles. Enclosing a letter from his friend, M. Jean Antes; and will send a packet of music from him upon the first opportunity; will be flattered to be made use of in any way. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

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XVII, 118. Besongne, J. J. (Jacques-Jean).
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 March 9A.L.S. 1p.XVII, 118

Rouen. Wishes to found a French book importing business in America. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XVII, 117. J. F. Frin et Compagnie.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 March 9L.S. 1p.XVII, 117

Paris. In reference to bills of exchange forwarded to M. Grand. (In French.)

General physical description: L.S. 1p.

XVII, 116. Vibraye, Charles-François Hurault, Vicomte de, 1739-1828.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 March 9A.L.S. 1p.XVII, 116

Paris. Enclosing a letter just received from Stuttgart; begs that the reply may be sent to his address in Paris. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XLIII, 49. Brillon de Jouy, Anne Louise Boyvin d'Hardancourt, 1744-1824.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1780 March] 10A.L. 2p.XLIII, 49

Requesting letters of introduction for M. Dillion des Gayères who was leaving for America to take charge of food supplies for the troops. (In French.)

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XVII, 122. Hodgson, William, 1725-1784.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 March 10A.L.S. 3p.XVII, 122

London. Acknowledging favors of the 14th and 26th ult., as well as one from M. Grand with bill of £100 enclosed for the relief of the most distressed prisoners; assured by the "Board of Sick and Hurt" that the prisoners will sail from Plymouth by the first fair wind; advises that double the number be sent back; his reasons for this; necessity of having the English officer's receipt for the men taken on board, as they almost always run away before reaching their destination, to avoid being pressed into service; question of paroles and exchanges at sea. His zeal for the cause of humanity; believes that American and English liberty must stand or fall together. Their old acquaintance, [David] "Williams, the priest," requested to absent himself from their Society ["Athenian Stuart"].

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

XVII, 121. Landais, Peter.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 March 10A.L.S. 3p.XVII, 121

Paris. Acknowledging Franklin's letter of the 1st inst. with the enclosed certificate; wishes his trunks sealed up and delivered to the Agent at L'Orient as he does not trust anyone on board the Alliance; dilates upon the false accusations against him and the injustice done him; his need of money; is entitled to a free passage to America to stand his trial; cannot be expected to receive his share of the prizes in paper currency; demands his monthly pay.

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

XVII, 120. Lloyd, Richard Bennett.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 March 10A.L.S. 2p.XVII, 120

London. Wishes to communicate the report made by Franklin's enemies, of his too great intimacy with a Mr. Alexander, said to be an enemy to America, who was constantly passing between London and Paris.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XVII, 123. Lafitte, Leonard.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 March 11L.S. 3p.XVII, 123

Bordeaux. The non-arrival of certain bills of exchange, drawn on Congress, and sent to him from Philadelphia; necessity of stopping payment on them at once. Has forwarded through M. Brillon a short account of the fête at Bordeaux in honor of the happy return of M. le Comte d'Estaing. (In French.)

General physical description: L.S. 3p.

XVII, 124. Landais, Peter.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 March 11A.L.S. 1p.XVII, 124

Paris. Claims his right to be reinstated in the command of the "Alliance" or to receive his refusal in Franklin's own hand; asserts that the officers and crew of the "Alliance" wish for him and hate their present unlawful commander.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

Other Descriptive Information: Printed in Hale's Franklin in France, I, 326.

XVII, 125. Rayber, ------, Chevalier de.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 March 12A.L.S. 2p.XVII, 125

Nantes. Wishes indemnification for his loss of time, as well as for valuable opportunities he missed of serving the King, owing to the failure of Commodore G(u)illon to keep his word in regard to an American commission. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XXXIX, 152. Dumas, Charles-Guillaume-Frédéric, 1721-1796.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 March 13A.L.S. 2p.XXXIX, 152

The Hague. Dutch ships seized by the English under Fielding have been declared fair prizes and confiscated. Russian complaints of English excesses on the high seas. Efforts of the Duke of Brunswick to hold the English party firm; his influence with the St[adtholder]. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XVII, 127. Jones, John Paul, 1747-1792.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 March 13L.S. 2p.XVII, 127

L'Orient. Repairs not advancing as he could wish. Arrival of Mr. Lee. Franklin's letter of introduction presented to him by Mr. Lockyer. Will do all of his power to make the passage pleasant for Captain [Thomas] Hutchins and Mr. Brown. Dr. Bancroft not yet arrived. Has given order to Mr. Blodget, the purser, to deliver Captain Landais' things.

General physical description: L.S. 2p.

XVII, 126. Pulawski, ------.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 March 13A.L.S. 3p.XVII, 126

Warsaw. Has heard of the death of his brother in the unfortunate affair of Savannah; thinks he may have left considerable property; begs that Franklin will inform him if his death is indeed a fact, and if so, what steps they must take to claim his effects; their family ruined in the Polish struggle for freedom. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

XVII, 128. Estaing, Charles Henri, Comte d', 1729-1794.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 March 14L. in 3d P. 1p.XVII, 128

Paris. The opportunities of paying his respects to Franklin are too precious to permit of his losing one of them; will dine at Passy with Franklin the next day. (In French.)

General physical description: L. in 3d P. 1p.

XVII, 131. Grand, Henri Maximilien, 1757-1827.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 March 14A.L.S. 3p.XVII, 131

Paris. Franklin's accounts and the difficulty of separating them from debts incurred on the public account before his arrival. Eight cases of type arrived for him at Amsterdam. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

XVII, 132. Jones, John Paul, 1747-1792.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 March 14A.L.S. 3p.XVII, 132

L'Orient. Enclosing a copy of the only bill of ransom with which he has ever been concerned; had no other motives for ransoming Mr. Dryburugh's vessel but compassion for his helpless family and as a reward for his good services as pilot on the British coast. Concerning Mr. Ross' proposal to take on board the Alliance at Noirmoutier, 120 bales of public stores.

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

XVII, 130. Kéralio, Agathon Guynement, Chevalier de, 1723-1788.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 March 14A.L.S. 2p.XVII, 130

L'Ecole Royale. In the name of their charming friend, reminds Franklin of his promises to procure for her children letters of credit on New England, as well as his other promise to dine with her. News received from Brest relative to the additions made to the fleet; report from Cadiz that the Spaniards would not be able to sail for over a week.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XVII, 135. Cooper, Samuel, 1725-1783.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 March 15A.L.S. 1p.XVII, 135

Boston. Introducing Mr. Appleton, the son of Nathaniel Appleton, director of the Continental Loan Office in Boston, and highly esteemed for his public and private virtues; the son is no dishonor to his family.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XVII, 136. Gérard, Conrad Alexandre, 1729-1790.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 March 15A.L.S. 1p.XVII, 136

Versailles. Had be been master of his own time, would have paid his respects to Franklin at an earlier date. Encloses a letter from [William] Carmichael. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XVII, 134. J. F. Frin et Compagnie.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 March 15A.L.S. 1p.XVII, 134

Paris. Concerning bills of Congress; two not accepted owing to certain signatures being wanting; offer to guarantee the payment of these. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XVII, 133. Sonnemaens, M.A. de (née Baronne de Wolff).
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 March 15L.S. 2p.XVII, 133

Venlo. Asking for news of her brother, the Baron de Wülff[en], who went to America as aide-de-camp to General Washington; their last letter from him was dated North Carolina, April 29th, 1778; as they are about to divide the family estate they are anxious to know into whose hands to confide his portion. (In French.)

General physical description: L.S. 2p.

XL, 4. Richard, Pierre.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1780 After March 15]L. 2p.XL, 4

Paris. A debt due him from Congress; his affairs in Mr. Bingham's hands; begs Franklin's aid in sending his memoir to Congress and writing a letter on his behalf. (In French.)

XL, 216. Chavagnes, ------ Bidé de.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1780 Before March 16]A.L.S. 1p.XL, 216

Commander of the vessel La Sensible which was three months at Boston; is intrusted with letters, packets and a small box for Franklin; his wish to pay his respects and deliver these in person; offers his services in case an opportunity should arise of his being useful to America. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XXXIX, 153. Dumas, Charles-Guillaume-Frédéric, 1721-1796.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 March 17A.L.S. 2p.XXXIX, 153

The Hague. Sending him the beautiful, rare and elegant copy of the Utrecht Union, for the archives of Congress. (In French; partly in cipher.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XVII, 139. Hocquet, Catherine.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 March 18L.S. 3p.XVII, 139

Paimboeuf. Entreating Franklin's influence to obtain his release from the maritime service of the King of France; his refusal of a perfidious offer made him by the English has exposed him to their vengeance. In French. Signed: by his wife, Catherine Hocquet.

General physical description: L.S. 3p.

XVII, 141 (OS). Fontallard, ------, Baronne de.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 March 19A.L.S. 3p.XVII, 141 (OS)

Versailles. Her unfortunate situation; left a widow with nine children, all of whom are settled except two; her small pension from the Grand Duke of Tuscany insufficient for their support; begs Franklin to second her request to the King for a pension, and also to find out if a letter of hers ever reached the Count d'Estaing, as it contained important papers, which she wishes returned. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

XVII, 140. Haines, R..
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 March 19L.S. 4p.XVII, 140

London. A long account of his intimacy with the governess in Mr. Izard's family, of that gentleman's finally hounding him out of France, where he had a good business as English map and print seller in Paris; if Franklin will promise him a fair trial, will surrender himself in any port of France.

General physical description: L.S. 4p.

LX, 19. Ross, Samuel et al.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 March 19L.S. 4p.LX, 19

L'Orient. Three American seamen, former members of the crew of the Continental ship "Reprisal," who are in a destitute condition, appeal to Franklin for the prize money due them.

General physical description: L.S. 4p.

XVII, 142. Dumenil, Pierre.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 March 20A.L.S. 2p.XVII, 142

Le Havre. Writes on behalf of an Irish Captain, who is a prisoner of war at Havre, and who desires to go over to the American side, and hoist the American flag, if Franklin will put him in the position to do it. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XVII, 143. Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert Du Motier, Marquis de, 1757-1834.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 March 20A.L.S. 2p.XVII, 143

On board the Hermione. Sorry the clothing has not yet arrived; hopes the whole will soon be sent to America; thinks this intelligence will be very agreeable to the army.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XVII, 144. Holker, John, 1719-1786.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 March 21A.L.S. 2p.XVII, 144

Rouen. Enclosing the prices of lead as sold in that market; urges Franklin to visit them.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XVII, 145. Peirce, Jeremiah.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 March 22A.D.S. 1p.XVII, 145

Passy. Receipt for eight louis d'or, lent him by Franklin, to enable him to return to America.

General physical description: A.D.S. 1p.

XVII, 146. Dieche, ------, Chevalier.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 March 23A.L.S. 3p.XVII, 146

Saint-Martory. Begging for news of the Chevalier de Villefranche, who went to America. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

XXXIX, 154. Dumas, Charles-Guillaume-Frédéric, 1721-1796.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 March 23A.L.S. 2p.XXXIX, 154

The Hague. Besides the copy of the Utrecht Union, sends him some philosophic books, and a packet for Capt. Jones. (In English.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XVII, 147. Hopes, John.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 March 23A.L.S. 1p.XVII, 147

L'Orient. Writes on behalf of himself and fifteen other men, exchanged from Plymouth out of Mill Prison; destitute of money and clothes; begs Franklin to advance them a small sum to be deducted out of their wages and prize money in the Continental service; the names of the released prisoners.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XXI, 122. Angély, François-Marie d', 1735-1808.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 March 25A.L.S. 4p.XXI, 122

Paris. Desires to go to America and raise a company of light horse and foot; is reluctant to leave without an assurance of Franklin's protection. (In French.)

XLI, 42. Forbach, Marianne Camasse, Comtesse de, 1734-1807.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1780 March 25]A.L.S. 1p.XLI, 42

Begging Franklin and his grandson to spend Easter with her, as well as Keralio, Caillot and [de] Fontenet; they will all drink tea and play chess. In French.

XVII, 148. Flaghac, ------ de.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 March 26A.L.S. 3p.XVII, 148

Strasbourg. Has written to M. le Prince de Montbarrey, asking for a leave of absence of three years, in order to enter the American service; his reasons for wishing to take this step; begs Franklin's assistance to enable him to carry out his plan. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

XVII, 149. Hartley, David, circa 1731-1813.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 March 27A.L.S. 1p.XVII, 149

London. Hopes nothing will interfere with the exchange of prisoners. The people of England not averse to a reconciliation with America, only deceived by the acts of their Ministers.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XVII, 150. Chavannes, -------.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 March 28A.L.S. 2p.XVII, 150

Versailles. Takes the liberty of enclosing a letter sent to him by M. Olry, in order that it may reach its destination in safety. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XXXIX, 155. Dumas, Charles-Guillaume-Frédéric, 1721-1796.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 March 28A.L.S. 1p.XXXIX, 155

The Hague. Enclosing a declaration [1 p.] by the States of Friesland in which they agree to the resolution for unlimited convoys, even for building timber. Memoir presented by Mr. [Joseph] Y[orke]. Political situation in Russia. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XXXIX, 156. Dumas, Charles-Guillaume-Frédéric, 1721-1796.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 March 28A.L.S. 2p.XXXIX, 156

The Hague. His letter to Mr. Carmichael has been intercepted and is in the hands of the French Ambassador; its contents reflects on Sir Geo. Grand's good faith towards the Americans; cannot possibly furnish proof of his suspicions; overwhelmed at the result of his own imprudence, complete retraction demanded by the Ambassador, M. de La Vauguyon. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XVII, 151. Gridley, Joseph.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 March 28A.L.S. 1p.XVII, 151

Nantes. Desiring an order to enable him to obtain a passage to America on board the "Alliance"; Mr. Jonathan Williams's change of plans leaves his berth vacant; his health poor.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XVII, 153. Hodgson, William, 1725-1784.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 March 28A.L.S. 2p.XVII, 153

London. Much concerned to find that the cartel vessel has returned from Morlaix without a single prisoner in exchange; the Board of Sick and Hurt disgusted at such an outcome of the business; the French Commissary of Marines at Morlaix gave the master of the vessel a receipt for the hundred American prisoners, but said he had no authority to return any English ones; until this matter is cleared up, all further steps must be at an end.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XVII, 152. Jones, John Paul, 1747-1792.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 March 28L.S. 1p.XVII, 152

L'Orient. Acknowledging Franklin's orders of the 18th current; has written to Nantes for particular information respecting the anchorage of Noirmoutier; the cannon all on board. Refers to Dr. Bancroft for an account of certain circumstances concerning his conduct in Holland. Afraid Franklin will find "busybody C-----" less worthy than he formerly imagined.

General physical description: L.S. 1p.

XVII, 150.5. United States. Board of Admiralty.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 March 28A.L.S. 1pXVII, 150.5

Philadelphia. The detachment of four ships to guard the harbor of Charleston has subjected their coasts to the depredations of the enemy's armed vessels from New York; the Board therefore desire that the Alliance may be ordered to Philadelphia with any supplies now in readiness for the army and navy. Signed: Fra[ncis] Lewis.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p

XVII, 155 (OS). Collins, Charles.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 March 29A.L.S. 1p.XVII, 155 (OS)

Cherbourg. Taken prisoner in 1778 on the Continental brig Resistance, while serving as midshipman; his barbarous treatment by the English; his refusal to enter their service; his subsequent escape from Pembroke Prison and his arrival in France; begs for a little money; is ready to go on board any Continental vessel.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

Other Descriptive Information: Also designated as LXXVI, 25 (OS)

XVII, 157. Gaisberg, ------, Baron de.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 March 29A.L.S. 4p.XVII, 157

Babocsa, Hungary. Their ardent wish is to enter the American army; only waiting for the promise of Franklin's protection to start at once for Paris. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 4p.

XVII, 156. Ritchie, Juliana.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 March 29A.L.S. 2p.XVII, 156

Cambray. Fears that Franklin's continued silence means that something has happened to her husband which he does not choose to tell her.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XVII, 154. Servandony, ------ de.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 March 29A.L.S. 2p.XVII, 154

Paris. Offering Franklin an invention of his own for erecting a battery of cannon on land or sea to a height of twenty or thirty feet. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XVII, 158. Blackit, Peter.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 March 30A.L.S. 1p.XVII, 158

Dinan prison. Was lately boatswain on board the "Princess" privateer; accused of conspiring with certain English prisoners on board to take possession of the ship; has been sent from prison to prison, and is now in daily fear of being sent to England; declares the charge against him false, and begs Franklin to let him have a lawful trial; amount of prize money due him.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XVII, 159. Roussille, Pierre.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 March 30L.S. 2p.XVII, 159

Paris. Prevented from going to Bordeaux by severe illness. Applies once more for a small loan. (In French.)

General physical description: L.S. 2p.

XVII, 161. Morris, Robert, 1734-1806.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 March 31A.L.S. 1p.XVII, 161

Philadelphia. Acknowledging Franklin's favor of October 22d, recommending to his notice the affairs of M. De Lafreté with Mr. Roulbac, of Edenton; promises to do everything in his power. In duplicate (see also: XVII, 162).

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XVII, 162. Morris, Robert, 1734-1806.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 March 31A.L.S. 1p.XVII, 162

Philadelphia. Acknowledging Franklin's favor of October 22d, recommending to his notice the affairs of M. De Lafreté with Mr. Roulbac, of Edenton; promises to do everything in his power. In duplicate (see also: XVII, 161).

XVII, 160. Torris, John.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 March 31A.L.S. 2p.XVII, 160

Dunkirk. Urgent need of despatching the judgements for certain prizes as quickly as possible.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XVII, 163. Fleury, François-Louis Teissèydre, Vicomte de.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 MarchA.L.S. 1p.XVII, 163

Paris. Obliged to join his regiment at Brest; begs Franklin to send the silver medal which Congress voted for him, to his father, who will receive it in his absence; desires to have a gold one struck off from the same die at his own expense, if Franklin has no objection.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XVIII, 1. Dorsett, William.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 April 2A.L.S. 2p.XVIII, 1

[Postmarked Havre]. American sailor, taken prisoner and carried to New York; escaped to France where he is once more a prisoner; begs for assistance to obtain his freedom.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XL, 219. Dorsett, William.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1780 April 2]A.L.S. 1p.XL, 219

Is a native of Maryland; account of his capture by the English; his escape and subsequent capture and imprisonment by the French; begs Franklin to obtain his liberty.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XVIII, 2. Dowlin, Patrick.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 April 3A.L.S. 1p.XVIII, 2

Roscow. Forced through lack of provisions to liberate twenty-one men; two of the enemy's packets taken; on the 19th ult. was joined by his consort, the "Princess." Ill conduct of the French on board his vessel; they acted neither as soldiers nor sailors, and contrary to the contract between the United States and France; hopes to reach Dunkirk shortly, if the number of his crew, weakened as they are by the departure of the French, will permit.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XVIII, 7. Jones, John Paul, 1747-1792.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 April 4L.S. 2p.XVIII, 7

L'Orient. Steps he has taken to receive certain stores on board the Alliance. Concerning the conduct of M. C—; fears that Franklin has been deceived in him; a dishonorable proposition made by him; loth to expose his conduct and willing to give him time repent.

General physical description: L.S. 2p.

LVIII, 87. MacCreery, William.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1780 April 4]A.L.S. 1p.LVIII, 87

Has newspapers and journals of Congress for Franklin, received from Mr. Lovell. Message to Mr. Adams. [First part missing.]

XVIII, 4. Malony, Thomas.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 April 4A.L.S. 2p.XVIII, 4

Ancenis. Taken prisoner by Captain Jones; served him as pilot on board the Surf; sufferings he endured; begs for his exchange.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XVIII, 6. Ridout, Thomas, 1754-1829.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 April 4A.L.S. 1p.XVIII, 6

Bordeaux. Embarked from Baltimore the 26th of December, 1779; encloses a letter entrusted to him by Mr. Carroll; his vessel detained two months by the frost.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XVIII, 9. David, -------.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 April 5A.L.S. 1p.XVIII, 9

Versailles. Wrote Franklin nearly a year before, enclosing a letter from his friend, M. Montaudouin, and asking for the position of Consul or Agent at Morlaix; as he knows English, feels sure he could be useful to the American prisoners, now being exchanged from England. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XVIII, 8. Puchelberg and Company.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 April 5L.S. 2p.XVIII, 8

L'Orient. All the English prisoners transferred to Dinan, except one sick boy in the hospital. The repartition of the prizes not yet having been arranged, several officers on the "Alliance" are in want of money; only await orders to furnish them with the necessary funds.

General physical description: L.S. 2p.

LXXI, 24. Raynal, Guillaume-Thomas-François, Abbé, 1713-1796.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1780] April 5A.N. in 3d P. 1p.LXXI, 24

Requesting Franklin to return his books and papers in order that he may publish his work on America.

General physical description: A.N. in 3d P. 1p.

LIV, 65 (OS). United States. Continental Congress. Board of Treasury.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 April 5D.S. 1p.LIV, 65 (OS)

Report of Board of Treasury that eight sets of bills of exchange, drawn in favor of Thomas McKean, had been destroyed to prevent falling into the hands of the enemy, and order by Congress for their replacement. Accompanied by a letter from the Treasurer of Loans to the American Commissioners notifying them of the issuance of the bills. Signed: Cha[rle] Thomson, Sec[retary]s. and Fra[nci]s Hopkinson. In duplicate (see also: LIV, 66).

General physical description: D.S. 1p.

XLI, 25. Cabanis, P. J. G. (Pierre Jean Georges), 1757-1808.
to Benjamin Franklin
[1780] April 6A.L.S. 1p.XLI, 25

Auteuil. Returning Franklin the corrected proof. Constantly thinking of him at Auteuil; remembrances from the Lady of Auteuil [Madame Helvetius] and the Abbé de la Roche. (In French.)

XVIII, 10. Van de Perre and Meyners.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 April 6A.L.S. 4p.XVIII, 10

Middelburg. Their vessel, the Berkenbos, most unjustly captured by the Alliance and sent to Boston or Philadelphia; claim restitution and damages; the Captain forced by Captain Jones to certify that the ship was English property. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 4p.

XXXIX, 157. Dumas, Charles-Guillaume-Frédéric, 1721-1796.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 April 7A.L.S. 2p.XXXIX, 157

The Hague. Acknowledging Franklin's favors of the 29th and 31st ult., with the news of the dastardly conduct of Sir Geo. Grand in opening his letter to Mr. Carmichael and then giving it to the French Ambassador; wrote at once to the Ambassador [copy enclosed, 3 p.] regretting only the part which reffered to him personally, and promising to keep the other matter secret, in accordance with Franklin's request. Russia's offer to unite with Holland in protecting the commerce of neutral nations from England's aggression. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

LIX, 14. Reyher, Benjamin Gottfried.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 April 7A.L.S. 2p.LIX, 14

Wersdorf near Apold, Saxe-Weimar. Concerning pensions for widows and orphans, with mention of an alchemist's discovery of a never-ceasing source of gold. In duplicate (see also: LIX, 15).

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

Other Descriptive Information: See also LIX, 64

LIX, 15. Reyher, Benjamin Gottfried.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 April 7A.L.S. 2p.LIX, 15

Wersdorf near Apold, Saxe-Weimar. Concerning pensions for widows and orphans, with mention of an alchemist's discovery of a never-ceasing source of gold. In duplicate (see also: LIX, 14).

Other Descriptive Information: See also LIX, 64

LIX, 16. Reyher, Benjamin Gottfried.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 April 7A.L.S. 3p.LIX, 16

Wersdorf near Apold. Concerning the publication of his alchemistic work. Asks that 6 or 10 louis d'ors be sent him to continue printing his work. In triplicate (see also: LIX, 17 and 18).

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

Other Descriptive Information: See also LIX, 64

LIX, 17. Reyher, Benjamin Gottfried.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 April 7A.L.S. 3p.LIX, 17

Wersdorf near Apold. Concerning the publication of his alchemistic work. Asks that 6 or 10 louis d'ors be sent him to continue printing his work. In triplicate (see also: LIX, 16 and 18).

Other Descriptive Information: See also, LIX, 64

LIX, 18. Reyher, Benjamin Gottfried.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 April 7A.L.S. 3p.LIX, 18

Wersdorf near Apold. Concerning the publication of his alchemistic work. Asks that 6 or 10 louis d'ors be sent him to continue printing his work. In triplicate (see also: LIX, 16 and 17).

Other Descriptive Information: See also: LIX, 64

LIX, 21. Reyher, Benjamin Gottfried.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 April 7A.L.S. 3p.LIX, 21

Wersdorf near Apold, Saxe-Weimar. Thinks his ms. and printed dedications, sent one and one half years ago, must either have been received or purloined by his enemies. Alchemistic discovery. Asks for 6 or 10 louis d'ors.

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

Other Descriptive Information: See also LIX, 64

XVIII, 11. Zollickoffer, John Conrad, 1742-1797.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 April 7A.L.S. 3p.XVIII, 11

Bordeaux. During his stay in Philadelphia met Franklin's daughter, and Mr. Hillegas, both of whom confided letters to Franklin to his care which he will forward at once; his time occupied in procuring certain articles for the United States; desires information about the negotiation of bills at Paris. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

XVIII, 14. Kéralio, Agathon Guynement, Chevalier de, 1723-1788.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 April 8A.L.S. 1p.XVIII, 14

Is deputed to convey the veneration and gratitude of "Messieurs de Deux-Ponts," who are ordered to set sail on the 8th. Report from London announces an explosion of the largest magazine at Port Royal, Jamaica, damaging the fort as well as the vessels in the harbor. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XVIII, 13. MacCreery, William.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 April 8A.L.S. 2p.XVIII, 13

Bordeaux. Sends the newspapers and journals of Congress, received from Mr. Lovell, by Captain De Freÿ; warns Franklin against the Baron Roustellen who may present himself at Passy and who is known to be an inveterate enemy of the United States, said to be summoned to England for the sake of the information he can supply them with.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XLIV, 212. Sarsfield, Guy-Claude, Comte de, 1718-1789.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 April 8A.L.S. 1p.XLIV, 212

Invites Franklin and his grandson to dine with him. Hopes they will not refuse, as he has seen Franklin so seldom during the winter. M. de Malesherbes may be able to come also. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XVIII, 15. Delleville, Phillippe de.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 April 10A.L.S. 2p.XVIII, 15

Bayeux. Writes on behalf of seven Americans who having escaped by bribing the jailor, embarked in a frail boat without sails or rudder and who, with the help of some rags and an old plank, managed to land near Bayeux; their desire to return to America as soon as possible; has written to M. de Sartine but thinks it best to inform Dr. Franklin of the affair; has assisted them in all possible ways. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XVIII, 16. Jennings, Theobald et al.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 April 10A.L.S. 3p.XVIII, 16

Bayeux. Asking for assistance to enable them to embark for America; their escape from Portsmouth and perilous trip in a small boat, which landed them near Bayeux; kindly treated by the inhabitants; destitute of clothes and the necessaries of life.

General physical description: A.L.S. 3p.

XVIII, 17. Jonathan Nesbitt and Company.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 April 10A.L.S. 2p.XVIII, 17

L'Orient. Concerning two bills sent him by Edward Burd, Esq., of Philadelphia, which he encloses for acceptance; hopes that Mr. Burd's having unfortunately neglected to endorse them, will not prevent their being duly honored.

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

LIX, 55. Steuben, Wilhelm Augustine von, 1699-1783.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 April 10L.S. 1p.LIX, 55

Custrin. Rejoices that his son, the General, has written to him and requests the forwarding of the enclosed letter.

General physical description: L.S. 1p.

XXXIX, 158. Dumas, Charles-Guillaume-Frédéric, 1721-1796.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 April 11A.L.S. 2p.XXXIX, 158

The Hague. Explanation of the affair between Capt. Jones and the English pilot; encloses certificates [2 p.] signed by Jones [duplicates of those in XXXIX, 138]. Promise of M. Van Berkel to arrange a reconciliation with the Grand Facteur. The Holland Assembly deliberating on Russia's proposal. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 2p.

XVIII, 18. Ricot, ------.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 April 11A.L.S. 1p.XVIII, 18

St. Valery. The Black Prince forced to land at Berck, on account of being chased by an English frigate; sent an officer there at once to know if he could be of any service; his zeal for the American cause. (In French.)

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XVIII, 19. Trumbull, Jonathan, 1710-1785.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 April 12A.L.S. 1p.XVIII, 19

Lebanon, Connecticut. Introducing his son, Colonel John Trumbull to Franklin's notice and protection; refers Franklin to him for the political and military news.

General physical description: A.L.S. 1p.

XXXIX, 159. Dumas, Charles-Guillaume-Frédéric, 1721-1796.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 April 13 XXXIX, 159

The Hague. The Russsian proposals bid fair to be accepted; attitude of the English party. Holland's unanimous decision for unlimited convoys; aid demanded by the English refused. M. Van Berkel's promise to bring about a reconciliation between the French Ambassador and himself. (In French.)

XVIII, 20. Eckhardt, Antoine George.
to Benjamin Franklin
1780 April 13A.L.S. 3p.XVIII, 20

Utrecht. Wishes to establish factories in other countries; if not feasible at Paris then perha