Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from John Bondfield, 4 October 1781

From John Bondfield

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Bordeaux 4 8bre 1781


There being at this Port many American Seamen and officers lately arrived from England and other Parts have engaged us to purchase a fast Sailing Brig at this Port of which we have given the Command to Captain James Tucker. I request the favor that you will please to send me by return of Post a Commission for the said Brig as I intend to Arm her as a Letter of Marque and put on board her a Small Cargoe.7 I have the Honor to be Sir your most Obedient Humble Servant

John Bondfield

His Excellency B Franklin Esqr

The Brig call’d the Sally Cap James Tucker of Maryland burthen 150 tons having 16 Six pounders 35 Men a Prize taken by the Privateers Ranger & Rambler property J. Bondfield—J B

the Brig must be Called the Mariana, instead the Sally and she will mount 16 four Pounders &ca

Addressed: His Excellency / Benj Franklin Esq / Minister plenipotentiar des / Etats Unies de lAmerique / Paris

Notation: J. Bondfield 4 Octr 81

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

7On Oct. 18 BF responded that he was sending the commission Bondfield desired. He added, “I confide in your executing and returning to me the enclos’d Bond.” Library of Congress. We have not located a copy of the commission, but for the bond see Bondfield to BF, Oct. 31.

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