Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Cradock Taylor, 11 February 1780

From Cradock Taylor5

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Aix in Provence Febry. 11th 1780


I beg leave to inform your Excellency of my unhappy situation; the Vessel I expected a passage in to Martinico is now Stop’d as they are inform’d of the English fleet being at Gibraltar & for me to go to Bordeaux without money is a thing impossable. I hope your Excellency will be so kind as to take my case into consideration & afford me some small assistance that I may get to my own Country & depend on my gratitude if ever it may be in my power to shew it.

I am Sir with the greatest respect your Excellencies most Obblig’d & most Obbedt. Humbl. Servt.

Cradock Taylor

Addressed: His Excellency Benjn. Franklin / Esqr. Plenopitentiary to the / United States of America / Parris

Notation: C. Taylor Feb 7. 80

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

5This is his last extant letter to BF. By the end of 1780 he had interested Edmund Pendleton and James Madison in his case. Eventually he returned to America: XXIX, 770n; William T. Hutchinson et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison (21 vols. to date, Chicago and Charlottesville, 1962–), VII, 151.

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