Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Jonathan Nesbitt, 8 November 1779

From Jonathan Nesbitt

ALS: American Philosophical Society

L’Orient Novr: 8th: 1779.


I have not had occasion to trouble your Excellency since I had the honor of receiving your Letter relative to Captain Conyngham.7

The present serves to inclose a Bond for the purpose of obtaining a Commission or Letters of Marque for Arthur Kirk Commander of the Schooner Independance, lately arriv’d at Nantes from Baltimore,8 which I hope it will please your Excellency to grant, and forward under cover to Mr. Joshua Johnson at Nantes.— I remain with great respect. Sir Your most Obedt: Servt:

Jonatn: Nesbitt

Notation: Jonat. Nesbit. L’Orient Nov. 8. 1779.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

7XXX, 414–15.

8The bond, written at Nantes and dated Nov. 2, is at the APS. Kirk was a resident or former resident of Fell’s Point: “Census of Deptford Hundred or Fell’s Point, 1776,” Maryland Hist. Mag., XXV (1930), 272.

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