Benjamin Franklin Papers

S. and J.-H. Delap to the American Commissioners, 18 July 1778

S. and J.-H. Delap to the American Commissioners

ALS or LS:6 American Philosophical Society

Bordeaux 18 July 1778.


We take the liberty of forwarding you Inclosed a Letter from Captn. William Hill Sargeant.7 He informs us it is Requesting you to give him a letter of Marque Commission and that he has offered you our House as Guarantee that no improper use will be made of same. If this formality requisite and that you think us sufficient Security for any improprieties he may commit we beg leave to offer ourselves as such. We have the Honor to be very Respectfully Gentlemen Your obedient Humble Servants

S & JH Delap

To The Honble. B. Franklin Arth. Lee & Jno Adams Esqrs. Paris

Addressed: To / The Honble Benjamin Franklin / Arthur Lee, & / John Adams Esqrs. / Plenipotentiaries from the United States / of America at the Court of / Versailles

Notations in different hands: J & S H Delap Bordeaux 18 July 78 / reponder repondu

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

6The text is in a different hand from the previous letter (XXVI, 425), either of which could have been written by the firm’s surviving partner.

7To the commissioners below, of this date.

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