Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Edward Byrne, 12 June 1779

From Edward Byrne

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Cherburg June 12th 1779


I Writt you of my misfortins Sir in which it lys in your powr to Send mee hom to wher I blong to Feladealfea Sir, I was takn by the Winchilsey frigat wee was bownd to martninq and Kiped one Board of hir Six months and I run away from hir in Jemeaky and Cam to Liverpool and then gat meet of a brigg bownd to Limerick in Irland and from Limerick to London and was Taken by the Privater sloope the 13th of May and Cared into this port of Cherburg Sir pleas your Honer to geet mee my Librty and to Send mee hom to Filedlfea as my Realitions and frinds Lives ther my onkl Cips the Sin of Ship in Wallnot Street5 and if Not to Send mee to aney pleas or port in aney Ship or Vesel your Honer pleases in amerika Sir I am your Humbl Servant

Edward Byrne—

Mr Franklen

Addressed [in a different hand]: A Monsieur / Monsieur franklin Ministre / Plenipotentiaire des Etats / unis de L’Amerique / A Paris

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

5He may refer to the Pat Byrne who kept a well-known tavern on the corner of Front and Walnut streets, the sign of the Game Cock. A Patrick Byrne (1734–1808), pew-holder in St. Mary’s Church, lived on Front St. in Philadelphia between Walnut and Spruce. PMHB, XCVIII (1974), 141; Joseph Willcox, “Historical Sketches of Some of the Pioneer Catholics of Philadelphia and Vicinity,” American Catholic Historical Society of Philadelphia Records, XV (1904), 413–4.

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