Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Landais, 25 April 1779

To Landais

Copy: University of Virginia Library

Passy April 25. 1779


The Bearer Mr. Hezekiah Ford who has for some time been in the service of the United States, & always a zealous friend to the cause of Liberty, being about to return to America, if you can conveniently receive him in your Ship as a Passenger when you return thither you will oblige Sir Your most Obedient & most Humble Servant

(Signd) B Franklin

To the Honble. P. Landais Esqr.

I Certify that the above Letter is a true copy from the original signed B. Franklin. L’Orient 23d April 1780.

JOSEPH BROWN JUNR of South Carolina

Notations in different hands:3 April 25. 1779 Doctr Franklin recommends Mr. Hezh. Ford to Capt P Landais for a Passage to America after he had countermanded her going thither4 / B. Franklin’s Recommends Hezka. Ford to Cap: Lanndois for a passage to America after having countermanded his going thither (25 Apl. 1778.) (1779)

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

3The first of which is by Arthur Lee, who on April 23 gave his secretary money for his expenses to America: Lee Family Papers, reel 6, frame 57.

4Ford, however, did find passage on another ship, arriving in Virginia in August to answer charges before the Va. Council: Jefferson Papers, III, 65; Butterfield, John Adams Diary, II, 364–5n.

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