Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Thomas Digges, 9 November 1779

To Thomas Digges

Copy: Library of Congress

Passy, Nov. 9. 1779.

Dear sir

I thank you for your favours of Oct. 8. and 12. and for the news Papers.5 I wrote fully to our friend Mr. B. about the Coppers.6 I hope you will soon be freed from the Trouble you have with the Prisoners7 by their Exchange, I can now only add that I am, with great Esteem Dear Sir, &c.

Mr. Digges

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

5XXX, 490–4, 490n, 525–7.

6Edward Bridgen had sent two samples of copper for possible use in coins. BF wrote him on Oct. 2: XXX, 355–6, 429–31.

7In England, whom Digges had been assisting. He had been corresponding with BF about prisoners for more than a year; see XXVII, 420–1, for the first extant letter. Two groups of American prisoners had already been exchanged and recently BF had received a passport from Sartine for future exchanges to be held at Morlaix instead of Nantes, as the British wished: XXX, 553–4, 595.

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