Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Sartine, 23 April 1780

To Sartine

LS:6 Archives de la Marine, copy: Library of Congress

Passy April 23d. 1780


I thank your Excellency for expediting the Orders relative to the Sale of the Serapis.7 I suppose similar Orders are gone to Dunkerque for the Sale of the Countess of Scarborough. If not I beg you would be pleased to send them by the Bearer; as the Daily heavy Charge that must arise on a Delay of Dispatching the Alliance, makes me anxious to see the Affair finished.

I am ever with the greatest Respect Your Excellency’s most obedient & most humble Servant

B Franklin

His Exy M. De Sartine.

Notation: Rep le 5 mai

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

6In WTF’s hand.

7On April 22 Sartine sent orders to Port Commandant Thévenard and Commissaire Grandville at Lorient to sell the Serapis at public auction. Thévenard in turn promised to divide the proceedings among the crews of the Bonhomme Richard squadron but worried the Americans would try to bid up the selling price: Archives de la Marine, B2CDXIX: 7; B3DCLXXXII: 123–4. For Jean-Charles-Bernardin Charlot de La Grandville (1737–1804) see Didier Neuville, ed., Etat sommaire des archives de la marine antérieures à la Révolution (Paris, 1898), p. 137.

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