Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Castries, 28 January 1781

To Castries

LS:6 American Philosophical Society; AL (draft) and copy: Library of Congress

Passy, Jan. 28. 1781.


Mr: Dana, late7 a Member of Congress, who will have the Honour of delivering this Line to your Excellency, desires to lay before you some Papers, relative to the Indemnification which his Majesty has had the Goodness to intend for the American Brigantine Fairplay,8 unhappily sunk by a Fort at Guadaloupe; to which Papers I request your Excellency would be pleased to afford a favourable Attention. I am with Respect, Sir, Your Excellency’s most obedient & most humble Servant

B Franklin

His Excellency M. le Marquis De Castries

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

6In L’Air de Lamotte’s hand.

7This word was interlined. Dana was elected to Congress in November, 1776, and again in December, 1777: Smith, Letters, VIII, xix.

8On Jan. 11, BF had given Dana papers relating to the vessel; see the entry of that date in BF’s journal (above, under Dec. 18).

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