From John Emery
ALS: American Philosophical Society
Bilbao 19 Sept. 1778
By you kind favours with which you honourd me the 23d March last I was Informd that the King of France had orderd the Payment of 400,000 Livers in America for the use of the Owners and Captors of the Two Prizes taken by Cap. Babson last year and Confiscated at Nantes.9 Last week arrived here one of the Officers of Cap. Babsons Ship and informs me No Order has appeard in America for the Payment,1 therefore your further Interposition in this affair and Instructions how we are to Apply for it will be gratefully acknowledg’d by Your Most Obedient Servant
Should an Order be sent for the Payment Pray let it be to me as agent to Owners & Captors.
Honle Benjamin Franklin Esqr.
Addressed: Honbl. Benjamin Franklin Esqr / Commissioner of Congress / at Passy / Near Paris
Endorsed: Emery about the Prize Money Bilbao 9. Sept 1778.
9. See XXVI, 154; France’s compensation for the prizes which had been returned to the British was announced by the commissioners in their letter to the committee for foreign affairs of Feb. 28: XXV, 728.
1. Jean Holker, whom Vergennes had authorized to make the payment, did not do so until October: XXV, 238–9 n; Smith, Letters, X, 195 n.