Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Isaac Gouverneur and Samuel Curson, 22 November 1781

To Isaac Gouverneur and Samuel Curson

AL (draft) and copy: Library of Congress

Passy, Nov. 22. 1781


I received the Letter you did me the Honour of Writing to me the 1st of September.3 It was by Order of Congress that I directed the Offer of Money to be made you, but it would be a Pleasure to me if I could be otherwise useful to you. If you have furnish’d any Correspondent here with a distinct Account of your Property in the several retaken Vessels4 you mention, and he finds any Encouragement to attempt the Recovery of it, perhaps I can assist him. If you have as yet employ’d no Person, or have no Correspondent here, I would recommend to you Mr. Jonathan Williams, a very intelligent active & exact Merchant in Nantes, or Mr Grand, our Banker in Paris, or as Mr Barclay Consul for America in France is just arrived whom you may probably know, perhaps he will be the most proper Person. I heartily wish the Recovery of your Liberty, and have the honour to be Gentlemen

Messrs Gouverneur & Curson

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

3See BF to Hodgson, Nov. 19, letter (II), above.

4Ships taken from the Dutch at St. Eustatius by Rodney, but later captured from the British while en route to England: XXXIV, 465n; XXXV, 48n, 52, 63, 65–6, 181n.

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