Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Jean de Neufville & fils, 28 June 1779

From Jean de Neufville & fils

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Amsterdam the 28th. Júne 1779.

High Honourable Sir!

We hope yoúr Excellency may have approved of the plan of the Loan which we had the honoúr to convey by oúr last;1 or that we may come to some alterations, which should prove agreable and practicable at the same time, bútt we heard the former loan should not you be shúre, before we should attempt to any further measúres this we should be glad to know exactly, how it stands, for certainly, this is not a mere cúriosity, bútt as we are persuaded Y E. herself will be convinced of, of the greatest conseqúence.

Now we begg annew the favoúr of the Speadiest expedition for the inclosed,2 oút of the 8 Aman. vessells now in port we gott 4 to oúr consignment, in the futúre we may expect more to us in proportion, may we throúgh the means of YE. be usefúll likewise to the publicq. May we begg leave again to recomand oúr Selfs to her powerfúll inflúence!

This last brigg which arrived ús yesterday clear’d fr. St Eústatia, she comes fm. Boston, and tho’ Known to be called Amsterdam She is the fast sailing and brave General Arnold now commanded by MacGee, we keep this with the utmost Secrecy.3

As we will pútt always the útmost reason for pride to be honourd With Any Commands from yoúr Excelle. We will be always with the útmost Regard and Veneration High Honourable Sir! Yoúr Excellencys most devoted and obedient servants.

John DE Neufville & Son.

Mr. John Tempel Esqr. did ús the honoúr to dine with ús he Came over by Capn. MacGee and desired his Compliments to Y E.4

Addressed: To his Excellencÿ / B: Franklin Esqr. / ambassador & Minister plenipotentiaire / of the thirteen united states of america / &a &a &ca / at Passi

Notation: Neufville John & Son 28. June 1779.

1Above, June 17.


3The brig General Arnold, commanded by James Magee, was wrecked off Plymouth, Mass., in December, 1778, with much loss of life: Mass. Hist. Soc. Proc., 2nd ser., X (1895–6), 393; XII (1897–9), 199. Magee now commanded a brigantine named the Amsterdam: Allen, Mass. Privateers, p. 74; Claghorn, Naval Officers, pp. 192–3.

4John Temple, the would-be peacemaker (XXIV, 300n), now hoping to convince the British Opposition of the hopelessness of continuing the war: Lewis Einstein, Divided Loyalties: Americans in England during the War of Independence (London, 1933), pp. 100–1.

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