Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Sartine: Two Letters, 22 December 1779

To Sartine: Two Letters

(I) and (II) copy: Library of Congress


Passy Decr. 22. 1779.


They have written to me from England, that they propose to Send two Cartel Vessels with American Prisoners to Morlaix, one from Portsmouth, the other from Plymouth, in order to clear both Prisons at once.8 For this purpose they desire another Passport; which if your Excellency has no Objection to it, I Should be glad to send by the first Opportunity. I am, with the greatest Respect, Your Excellency’ &c.

M. De Sartine.


Passy, Dece. 22. 1779.


The Six Americans Seamen, viz (here name them) concerning whom I wrote to your Excellency the   of November past,9 are confined at Coutances. They had not named the Place to me distinctly in their first Letter. Their Boat is Stove to Pieces on the Beach. I beg your Excellency’s Order for their Discharge, and am with the greatest Respect Your Excellency’s &c.

M. De Sartine.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

8See our annotation of Hartley’s letter of Nov. 16.

9The missing number should be “17”.

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