Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Gustavus Conyngham, 16 June 1781

From Gustavus Conyngham

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Dunkirk June 16th. 81


With pleasure I can informe you that Once More I have Obtained my Liberty After Many Difficulties,9 Mrs. Conyngham being Arrived in france Some time past I expect She may be on the way to england.1 Should she be in Paris You Will be kind to Give her thiss information, I shall Waite heare to I have the Pleasure to heare from you, I hope Shall be Able to Procure A Safe and Speedy Passage to2

I am Sir Your most Obdt. & Very hhble. Servt.

Gustavus Conyngham

Should Mrs. Conyngham be in Paris be pleased. to Advise her to stay to I Can Get theare.

Notation: Capt Connyngham June 16 1781

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

9Conyngham escaped from Mill Prison and traveled to Paris via Ostend: Neeser, Conyngham, pp. 11–12. He had escaped from the same prison in November, 1779: XXXI, 26n.

1Ann Conyngham wanted to delay her departure until hearing from her husband (Neeser, Conyngham, pp. 202–3), but he may not have known this.

2Conyngham appears to have written “Am” and then lined through it.

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