Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from William Millener, 27 December 1777

From William Millener

ALS: American Philosophical Society

The 27 Decmr 1777


I think it proper to a quant you of my Bad Misfortune. I sailed from Virginea in a sloop Called the adventure to Martineco and on my passage holm was taken by a frigate Called the Boreas Commanded By Charles Thompson.3 He did not give me time to get aney of My Clothes out of the sloop and was brought to England in plymouth and Was put on board of a guarde ship for about a Month. Then the admiral gave orders to Discharge Me and my Boy. I was put on shoer. I had but Very little Money With Me. I Met With a Gentle Man that gave me 2 guineas to pay My passage to france. I am now in Granwelle and has agread to go to amarica with Mr. Deslandes.4 He gives me 12 guines and my boys Passage. It is not enuft to suplye Me with Clothes the Marchant Will suplye me with more if I Can get orders from you. Your Humble Servant

William Millener

Sir I do Exspect that we shall sail for aMarica within A bout 10 or 12 Days

Mr. Franklen / Doctor Franklen

Addressed in another hand: A Monsieur / Monsieur Franklan / Chef Du Congrés / a Son hotel / a Paris

Notation: Wm Milliner Prisoner escd.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

3The Adventure was presumably the prize that the Boreas sent in to Jamaica the previous May: Naval Docs., VIII, 1020.

4“Granwelle” is Granville, on the Gulf of St. Malo. Deslande, as his wife spelled the name, did go to America on business at this time: Loyer Deslande to BF, Aug. 2, 1783, APS.

Index Entries