Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Castries, 31 October 1780

To Castries

Copy: Library of Congress

Passy 31. Oct. 1780.


I received duly the Letter your Excellency did me the honour of writing to me on the 17th. Inst. inclosing a List of Prisoners made by American Vessels & delivered to the Capt. of the British Cartel Ship the James, on Acct. of the United States,2 I am very sensible of your Excellency attention in forwarding me this list and beg you to accept my thankful acknowledgments.

I am honour’d likewise with your Excellency’s favour of the 17th.3 inclosing Letters from Americans, prisoners in England to their friends in America which I shall forward by the first Opportunity.

I have likewise to acknowledge the Rect. of another Letter from your Excellency relative to Messrs. Delap’s Request4 I should not have thus long delay’d acknowledging the Reception of these several Letters, had not my Illness prevented me for some time past attending to any business—

With great Respect, I have the honour to be Sir, &c.

M. Marquis de Castries.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

2The letter and its enclosure are missing.

3Probably Castries’ letter of Oct. 25, above.

4Castries to BF, Oct. 21, above.

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