Benjamin Franklin Papers

John S. Harmanson to Franklin and Arthur Lee, 24 March 1779

John S. Harmanson7 to Franklin and Arthur Lee

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Northampton County Eastern Shore Virg. March 24. 1779


Mr. George Kindall a Neighbour of mine, being bound to France, & not provided with Letters to Paris, I have taken the Liberty to request the favor of Your Civilities shoud he visit Paris—8 I hope you’ll excuse this Liberty, & also the Liberty to inform you that as I am situated on the Eastern Coast of Virginia oposite to Sandshoal [Island?] abt. 20 Miles North of Cape Charles, that If Any of Your Friends shou’d have Occasion for a Correspondent situated as I am, that I shall do all in my Power to serve them—Goods in general being in request & Tobacco abt £ 10 Virga. C.Y. [Currency] per Ct— I am with much Esteem Gentn. yr. Mo. Obt Srt

John S. Harmanson

P.S. I request my Compts to Mr. Franklin Junr.

Addressed: To / The right Honorable / Benj. Franklin & Arthur Lee Esqrs. / Ambassaders for the united States / of N. America. / at the Court of France: / Mr. Kindall

Notation: Harminson March 24. 79—

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

7Harmanson had written once before, some fifteen months prior to the present letter, when he was detained at Bordeaux: XXV, 454–5.

8On the verso of Harmanson’s letter is one from Kindall, dated Morlaix, April 27 and stamped Morlaix. Having arrived on the 25th, he regrets that his short stay will prevent his visiting Paris in person. In five or six weeks he will return to America and is happy to be honored with commands. He is in a Virginia-built boat, the Marmy, Joshua Lunz, master.

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