ALS: American Philosophical Society
Brest feby 17th 1779.
I have the honour to acquaint you that I recieved a letter from John Lotcher Mr of the Victoria one of the two Swedish Ships that I Sent to france to be Examined; he write me he arrived at Bas Island, nigh Morlaix, the 15th, that he had lost Sight of the Snow Anna louisa the other Ship, the night of the 6th in a fogg, and never Saw her Since.6
I am waiting for your orders which I expect every moment by the return of Mr Winchship, whom I Sent you as an Express with the Paquets that I had to deliver you.7
I am Your Excellency Most Obeidient humble Servant
His Excellency Benjamin Franklin
Endorsed: Capt. Landais Feb. 17. 79
6. The snow was captured by the English, as BF told Landais on March 2 (Library of Congress).
7. BF sent his reply of Feb. 22 by Windship; see that day’s entry in his journal, published under Feb. 12.