Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to ——— Rinquin: Three Letters, 4 April 1780

To ——— Rinquin: Three Letters

(I), (II) and (III) Copy: Library of Congress


Passy, april 4. 1780


I received the Letter you did me the honour of writing to me the 22d. past inclosing the Pieces relating to The Prize Brigantine the Papillon.3 I do not recollect that Those Pieces were sent to me before. Inclosed you have the Judgment upon that Prize.4

With great Regard, I have the honour to be sir, your m. o. h. S.

M. Rinquin.


Passy, April 4. 1780.


I received the Letter you did me the honour of writing to me the 20th. past with the Rapport d’entrée du Brigantin, l’amitié et le proces Verbal du scellé. As none of her Papers are brought in, I do not see sufficient Grounds for Judgement or Condemnation. She may for any thing that appears be a neutral Vessel.

I have the honour to be, sir y. m. o. h. S.


M. Rinquin.


Passy, april 4. 1780.


I received the honour of yours dated the 8th. of march, with the Proces verbal et les Interrogatoires relating to the Philip of London. Enclosed is the Judgment of that Prize. As to the Pierre of London. There being no Examinations of Prizoners taken in that Vessel, nor any Papers produced to prove that she belong’d to the Enemy, I cannot proceed to give Judgment upon her, lest she should hereafter appear to be a neutral or friendly vessel.

If we were to condemn Vessels on the bare Declaration of the Captors without farther Proof, Piracies might be by that means encouraged.

I have the honour to be, sir, y. m. ob. h. s.

Mr. Rinquin.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

3The Papillon probably was the prize which Capt. Patrick Barry had sent to Morlaix a year earlier: XXIX, passim.

4Missing, as are the documents and letters enclosed or discussed in (II) and (III). The Friendship, Peter, and Philip were recent prizes of the Black Prince and Black Princess: Torris to BF, March 31, above.

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