Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Gourlade and Moylan, 29 April 1779

To Gourlade and Moylan

Copy: Library of Congress

Passy April 29 1779


I received the Letter you did me the honor to write me & thank you for the Intelligence it contain’d.7 There is a Rumour here from England of a Battle in Georgia, in which both Armies are said to have suffered extreamly:8 but I know not whether it has any Foundation. I hear from Martinique that an English Privateer cruizing in those seas had been surprized by some American Seamen who were on Board & who carried her into that Island. I am with great Esteem &c

Mess. Gourlade et Moylan.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

7Above, April 23.

8Reports of severe American losses at Briar Creek (on the outskirts of Savannah) in March, 1779, were issued by both Gen. Augustine Prevost and his younger brother Lt. Col. Mark Prevost: Charles C. Jones, Jr., The History of Georgia (2 vols., Boston, 1883), II, 349–50. The London Public Advertiser for April 21 printed an extract from the former’s report.

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