Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from James Cuming, 2 March 1781

From James Cuming

ALS: American Philosophical Society

L’Orient 2d. March 1781


I had the pleasure to forward you a packet by last post recd. by the Lugger Amiable Elizabeth5 Captn. Lambert— I now forward you a packet of Newspapers recd. by the above opportunity which came to hand too late for the post— I have the Journals of Congress from the 1st. Jany. 78 to the first of Jany. 1779 which shall forward by the first private opportunity without I have Your directions to the contrary— I have the Honour to be Sir Your most Obd. & Hble Servt.

Jas. Cuming

The Hble Dr. Franklin

Addressed: A Monsieur / Monsieur Benjamin franklin / Ministre plenipotentiaire des / Etats unis de L’amerique a la / Cour de france. / A Passy / pres Paris.

Notation: Jas Cuming Mar 2 81

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

5A brigantine of that name was sailing from Lorient to Philadelphia in April, 1783, when she was abandoned by her crew: Jefferson Papers, VII, 377–8. In spite of the difference in rig the vessel may indeed be the same as the present one, which in any case does not appear to be American.

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