Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to John Diot & Co., 27 January 1780

To John Diot & Co.

Copy: Library of Congress

Passy, Jan. 27 1780


I received your obliging favour of the 12th. Instant inclosing the journal of the Black Princess, and two paroles. You may depend on my giving prompt Dispatch in judging the Prizes as soon as the Papers come to hand.— The prisoners are by the king’s Regulation of the 27th. sept. 1778. to be kept in his Prisons till exchanged, at the Expence of the United states,10 to whom I suppose an Account of that Expence will be exhibeted at the end of the War, having as yet had no such Accts. presented to me.— You will have heard before this time, that the Black Prince was safe arrived at L’Orient. I have the honour to be, Gentlemen &c.

Messrs. John Diot and Co Negociants. Morlaix

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

10Article 7 of those regulations: Sir Francis Piggott and G.W.T. Omond, eds., Documentary History of the Armed Neutralities 1780 and 1800 (London, 1919), p. 101.

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