From Jonathan Nesbitt
ALS: American Philosophical Society
LOrient Decr: 9th 1780
The three Letters for Henry Laurens Esqr. which I have the honor to inclose your Excellency were deliverd me some time past by Captain Isaac All of the Brigantine Virginia,6 and untill I heard of Mr. Laurens’ unfortunate Capture, it was my design to have sent them to Amsterdam.— At present I do not know any person to whom I can with propriety intrust them except your Excellency, and must request your excuse for not having sent them sooner, but in my hurry to dispatch several Vessells for America; I really either forgot, or mislaid them.
I have the honor to remain wth. Sentiments of the most perfect Respect for your Excellency Sir Your most Obedt humble Servt
His Excellency B. Franklin Esqr
Notation: J. Nesbitt. L’Orient Dec 9. 80
6. All had probably delivered the now-missing letters two months earlier: XXXIII, 280n.