Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Tristram Dalton, 11 October 1779

From Tristram Dalton

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Newburyport October 11th. 1779


Although triplicates of the enclosed have been forwarded to France,4 yet, dubious if either Set have reached your Hands, I beg Leave, by so good an Opportunity as the French Frigate,5 to trouble you with opening these—and, if nothing respecting the withinmentioned Loss is already done, to renew my Request in Behalf of the Owners—again asking your Excuse for this Interruption I remain with the utmost Deference and Respect, Sir Your most huml Servant

Tristram Dalton

Honbe. Benjamin Franklin Esqre

Addressed: Honble. Benjamin Franklin Esqe / Minister Plenipotentiary of / the United States of North America / At / Versailles

Endorsed: Papers relating to the Fairplay Capt. Giddins Tristram Dalton Esq

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

4Documents relating to the loss of this wealthy Newburyport merchant’s brigantine, the Fair Play, Capt. Andrew Giddings, which had been mistakenly sunk by a French shore battery on Guadeloupe: XXIX, 486n.

5The Sensible, which was returning JA to Europe; see Huntington’s Oct. 16 letter; Butterfield, John Adams Diary, IV, 173–6.

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