Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from John Bondfield, 30 June 1781

From John Bondfield

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Bordeaux 30 June 1781


It is with concern we have by this mornings post the Confirmation of the Capture of the Marquis de la fayett.7 The loss sustaind by America by the nessessity they are under for the Goods shipt by that Vessel engages me into using this first opportunity of tendering you a considerable party of Broad Cloths with other nessessary furniture as linings & trimings also a quantity of Coarse yarn Stockings and good Amunition Shoes which we can provide you on the Shortest Notice to be shipt at your Command.

Should my Services be accepted I shall exert my Utmost Attention for the expediting with diligence whatever your Excellency may commit to my Care.

With respect I have the Honor to be Sir your most Obedient Humble Servant

John Bondfield

Addressed: A Son Excellence / Benj Franklin Esqr / Ministre Plenipotentiaire des / Etats Unies de l’Amerique / Paris

Notation: J. Bondfield. June 30. 1781

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

7See Carmichael’s letter of June 26, above.

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