Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from John Emery, 20 January 1778

From John Emery7

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Bilbao 20th. Jany 1778


Capt. Michael Dupee8 in a Small Schooner I dispatchd from this place for Newbury Port the 26th. Octr. with Salt and Cloathing has made his Voyage and returnd here the 17th. Instant which gives me an opportunity to Inclose you the Two latest News papers he brought; my letters from my friends there Contain Nothing Material. If these papers give you aney Serviceable Intelligence it will give me great Satisfaction as it would to Serve my Country in aney other way that your Honor should think proper to point out. Am Sir with the greatest respect Your Most Obedient Servant

Jno Emery

Honble. Benjamin Franklin Esqr.

Addressed: A Monsieur / Monsr. Franklin / Commissioner du Congress / a Passi / Paris.

Notation: John Emery Bilbao 10. Jn. 1778.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

7A Newburyport merchant (died 1787) who had been trading for the past year and more with Gardoqui & Sons in Bilbao, where he had now apparently taken up residence. Mass. Hist. Soc. Proc., 2nd ser., XVI (1902), 330 n. Naval Docs., VII, 472. This is the first extant letter in a correspondence that continued through the spring of 1779.

8Dupuy. He had put in at Bilbao the previous August: above, XXIV, 439.

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