Benjamin Franklin Papers

Hezekiah Ford to the American Commissioners, 25 June 1778: résumé

Hezekiah Ford to the American Commissioners7

ALS: American Philosophical Society

<Nantes, June 25, 1778: Mr. Ross has got me passage to Virginia on a ship of his. I am told, furthermore, that Capt. Whipple considers his clerk as chaplain, and would not deprive any one of his office. I expect to sail in about ten days.8 If you have dispatches for Governor Henry I will gladly take them. General Howe’s cruelties infuriate me, and I regret every day that I am kept from avenging my countrymen. A tyrant has sacrificed the innocent for supporting their rights; may God soon bring a revolution to dethrone him! My apologies for moralizing.>

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

7Published in Taylor, Adams Papers, VI, 233–5.

8He sailed and was again captured; but he soon returned to Paris, and became Arthur Lee’s secretary. See the note on the commissioners to Whipple above, June 13, and the citation there.

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