Benjamin Franklin Papers

Pierce Powers to the American Commissioners, 22 June 1778: résumé

Pierce Powers to the American Commissioners5

LS: American Philosophical Society

<Brest hospital, June 22, 1778: I was wounded in the engagement with the Drake, and am recovered enough to go home. Now that I can no longer serve my country, please get me passage as soon as possible.6>

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

5Published in Taylor, Adams Papers, VI, 231.

6Jones had corroborated his story some weeks before: ibid., p. 164. He obviously got no reply, for on July 7 he wrote again, this time in his own hand to BF. He was born in Dover, Del., served as midshipman under Jones, and suffered the loss of his right arm and a wound in his left hand. In consequence, “I am not fet for the Sea Serves.” APS.

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