Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Sartine, 6 October 1780

To Sartine

Copy: Library of Congress

Passy, 6. Oct. 1780.


I have the honour of Sending your Excellency inclosed, an extract of a Letter I have lately recd. from London, desiring the release of certain Prisoners therein named, taken by American Privateers, & now confined at St. Omers.6 Being desirous of repaying as soon as possible the Prisoners I owe, for those I recd. from England some time past,7 & being promised that if these are set at liberty they will be carried to my Account. I request your Exy. would give immediate Orders for their Release.

With great Esteem & Respect, I am Sir, your Exy.

M. De Sartine.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

6Undoubtedly Hodgson’s Sept. 20 letter, above.

7I.e., those brought to Morlaix in March. The cartel had returned to England empty: XXXII, 167–8, 237–8, 305–6.

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