Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Harmon Courter, 5 May 1778

From Harmon Courter

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Boston May 5th 1778


I have the Pleasure to in forme You Of Our Safe Arivle At Boston After A passage Of 7 Weaks and 2 Days. We had Nothing but Contrary Winds the hole Passage. The Capt. And All his Officers have Yoused Me Very Well.9 Our Armeyes Are in good Sperits. The Nuse is that Admiral how and All his Ship Crue Are Lost in A gale Of Wind. This Day I set Out for Congres. Capt. Nickleson has Rive Safe At Portmout And the french 20 Gun Ship At Boston After 10 Weakes Passage And Mr. Dean had Arived safe in Plimot and Was Gone to Congres1 and I have No More Nuse At Present and So I remain Your Gentlemen Your Most Respect Humble Sarvent

Harmon Courter

Addressed: To / The hon: Benj. Frankling Esqr. / Member of Congress / for North America / At Paris

Notation: Herman Courters Letter. Boston May 5. 1778

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

9The Captain was the baron de Sainneville; see Courter’s letter above, March 13.

1For Nicholson and his convoy see above, XXV, 494 n. The French ship was the frigate Sensible; she carried Simeon Deane, who reached Congress on May 2: ibid., p. 634 n. Courter followed on May 18: Taylor, Adams Papers, VI, 36 n.

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