Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Amos Windship, 1 April 1779

From Amos Windship

LS: American Philosophical Society

Brest April 1st. 1779.

May it please your Excellency,

By the particular direction of Peter Landais Esqr I have sent the Account of my Expences to & from Paris,7 (as per Receipts) to the Agent at Nantes, together with Capt Landais Orders, at the same time I drew an Order on Mr John D Sweighauser in favor of Mr E I Solomon,8 who was kind enough to advance the Money for me as Capt Landais was not in Cash at that time,—Nor was it in my Power to do otherways as I brought but three Guineas with me from America, & spent those for my own Amusements when at Paris;—But fearing the Agent might object to answering the Order, Capt Landais judg’d it proper to inform you, setting forth & mentioning particular Charges in the Account.— If the Account should be thought large I can only say that I endeavour’d to be as prudent & frugal as possible, one Reason perhaps of its amounting to so much is the disadvantage I was under in not being acquainted with the language of the Country,—& another the necessity I was under of taking a Carriage by myself when on my Return, from Nantes,—9 I trust your Excelly from the present representation will give directions to the Agent to Answer the Order I have drawn in favor of Mr Solomon, & am, with the greatest respect, Yr Excellcys most Obedt. & most Hble Serv

Amos Windship

His Excellcy Benja. Franklin Esqr

Addressed: His Excellcy. Benja. Franklin Esqr / Minister Plenipotentiary / for the United States / of America, / Paris

Notation: Amos Windship Brest 1er. avril 1779.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

7Windship arrived back at Brest on Feb. 28 from his trip to Passy; see Landais’ letter of March 3.

8Possibly M. Salomon, the gentleman’s tailor of Lorient who in June would present Jones with a large bill for ten uniforms he had made for officers of the Bonhomme Richard (Morison, Jones, p. 194).

9We surmise that BF used Windship to carry his Feb. 16, [i.e., 17] letter (XXVIII, 557–8) to Schweighauser at Nantes about fitting the Alliance for sea. The journey must have taken under a week, as Windship left Passy for Brest on or soon after the 22nd: XXVIII, 512.

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