Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Peter Vesey et al., 17 June 1779

From Peter Vesey et al.8

L:9 American Philosophical Society

Bouling1 17th of June 1779

Hounnered Sr.

We that Have our Name Hear prescribed Have hade the Misfourten To Be twise taken the first time Taken By the english when we wase Bound from Boston to Cape fransaay & Carried to Jemac’a & then Sent Horn prisoners to england & after making our eskeep we got to London where we had got a voyage for Hallifax in Hopes of geating to our own homes But fourtun Would Have it So that we most fall in with Two french Cutters Wo Carried us in to Bouling Wher we are in Prison. And if you Pleas to Clear us we are willing to go on Board aney American Ship. This is from your most Obedint Humbel Servants.—

Peter Wesey Boren in Boston Wif & 2 Childers
John Cern Boren in Do.—
Hennery Bringwal Boren in Neubory Port.
Peter Williamson Boren in Newyork was Living in Boston
Thomas Bleke Boren in Newyork was Living at the east eand of Long island
Hennery Williams Boren in Newyork

Honnered Sr. we Desire the favour you Would Send us Two Lines from your hand To Let us No whether you will exept of our Servise or No.

Addressed: To / His Excellency Sir Pitter / Frankling / A / Parris

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

8We know nothing about these three men other than the story they offer here and repeat in two subsequent appeals dated July 8 and Sept. 22 (University of Pa. Library; APS). The latter two letters were penned by Peter Vesey, whose English is heavily influenced by Dutch; we spell his name here the way he later signed it. In both of the later appeals, Vesey wrote on behalf of Henry Bringwall and John Danelson. To the best of our knowledge, none of these letters elicited a response.

9The letter and all the signatures are in the same unidentified hand.


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