Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Samuel Huntington, 1 June 1780

To Samuel Huntington

LS3 and transcript: National Archives; copy: Library of Congress

Passy 1st. June 1780.


Commodore Jones, who by his Bravery and Conduct has done great Honour to the American Flag, desires to have that also of presenting a Line to the Hands of your Excellency.4 I chearfully comply with his Request, in recommending him to the Notice of Congress and to your Excellency’s Protection, tho’ his Actions are a more effectual Recommendation, and render any from me unnecessary. It gives me however an Opportunity of showing my Readiness to do Justice to Merit, and of professing the Esteem & Respect with which I am, Your Excellency’s most obedient & most humble Servant.

B Franklin

His Exy S. Huntington Esq.

Notation: Letter from Doctr Franklin dated June 1st: 1780 read Feby. 19. 1781.5 recommending Commodore Jones

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

3In WTF’s hand.

4See Jones’s April 20 letter. Sartine also wrote Huntington on Jones’s behalf: Mrs. Reginald de Koven, The Life and Letters of John Paul Jones (2 vols., New York, 1913), II, 79–80.

5JCC, XIX, 174.

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