Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to John Bondfield, 25 February 1779

To John Bondfield

Copy: Library of Congress

Passy feb. 25 1779


I have before me yours of the 19th & 20th inst. I receiv’d also yours of the 16th per M. Bory to whom I shall on your Recommendation shew every Civility in my Power.2

I return accepted your two Drafts of 12000 Livres each as also the Congress Draft for 300£.

I think our People mad to give such a Price for Madeira. I hope the Bordeaux you send will be so good as to alter their Taste.

The three Bills of 20 Pounds each drawn by the Officers of the Hornet & Alfred are also return’d enclos’d.3

According to your Desire, I send to M. Haywood at M. Schweighauser’s the Commission for the Mary Fearon, Capt. John Fulford, with the blank obligations to be sign’d there.4 I wish her Success and am Sir &c.

M. John Bondfield

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

2Those of Feb. 16 and 20 are above, but that of the 19th is missing.

3The officers of the Hornet and Alfred had been confined in Forton prison; several escaped during the summer of 1778 and were given money by the commissioners. See XXVII, 190–1, 238.

4As Bondfield had requested in his letter of the 20th.

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