Benjamin Franklin Papers

The American Commissioners to Comic, Veuve Mathurin & fils, 30 December 1777

The American Commissioners to Cornic, Veuve Mathurin & fils1

Copy: Connecticut Historical Society

Paris Decemr 30 1777


We have to thank you for the Account you gave us of Capt. Johnson’s Escape and should have acknowledged the same sooner but were in hopes it would have been confirmed by his Arrival, but unhappily your Intelligence was premature and he unhappily remains still a prisoner.2 In Behalf of Doctr. Franklin and Self I am with much respect Your most Obedient and very humble Servant.

Vve Mon Cornic & Mn Fils

1The firm that was the commissioners’ correspondent in Morlaix: XXIV, 4 n. The letter that Deane is answering for the commission is apparently lost.

2Henry Johnson, who had commanded the Lexington, finally escaped from Mill Prison on Feb. 1, 1778: Kaminkow, Mariners, p. 100.

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