Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to John Bondfield, 11 September 1780

To John Bondfield

Copy: Library of Congress

Passy, Sept. 11.7 1780.


I do not recollect I have ever had any Account what became of the Cannon you procur’d to be cast by Order of the Commissioners.8 I wish to be particularly inform’d by the Return of the Post. And if any of them, or any other military Stores belonging to the Congress are Still in your Hands, this is to request that you would immediately Ship them on board the Vessel which was heretofore call’d the Breton, but now the Marquis de la Fayette, and which is at present in your Port. With great Esteem, I have the Honour to be, Sir, &c. &c.

M. Bondfield.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

7Or possibly 15; see Bondfield’s reply of Sept. 19. The numeral “11” is quite clear on this copy, but either the copyist or the feverish Bondfield misread the original.

8The commissioners had ordered him to ship 56 cannon; according to Jones they were now at Lorient: XXIX, 628n; XXXI, 517–18; XXXII, 30.

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