Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from John Angus, 21 December 1781

From John Angus

LS: American Philosophical Society

L’Orient Decemr 21st 1781


I tack the liberty to Inform you After being taken in the Ship Franklin, am now Returned to this place, & have taken the Command of A Brig Called the Antonia, of About 100 Tuns Burthan Mounting 8 guns 6 pounders & 20 Men, purchased And fitted out by the House of T. Se(?) Berard & Co. of this place,3 by order And for Account of Messrs.— La Caze & Mallet—Merchants Philadelphia—4 Which being American property, & in Consequince under the Continintal Flag. I beg you will grant me a Commission, as a letter of Mark against the Ennemies of america, and in case it Should be nesessary To give Sicuority for the Same, Mr. Simon berard Consul General of Sweden,5 & partner of the Said house being at present in Paris at Messrs: Girardot Haller & Co. Bankers, will Enter into any bond, that Should be thought Necesuary on that Acctt., as Intend to Sail the first of Next Munth, wold be glad your Excellensy might Have the Said Commission Dispatch’d, as Soon as possible— I wold not writ to your Excellensy for the above Commission, had I it not from the Hands, of Messrs. Berard & Co. that the Brig is American property— Should be Veary Happy To be of any Service to your Excellensy— In the Mentime I Remain your Excellensy Most Obedent And Humble Servt.

John Angus

To His Excellensy Doct. Franklin Esqr. Paris

Addressed: His Excellensy Doctr. Franklin / Paris—

Notation: Angus John L’Orient Xbre. 21. 1781.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

3This firm, calling itself Bérard frères & Cie., had first contacted BF within weeks of his arrival in France: XXIII, 48. Thomas-Simon Bérard (1741–1794) was one of the three brothers: Lüthy, Banque protestante, II, 440–1. His letter of Dec. 31, below, enclosed the present one.

4For this firm see XXX, 88n; XXXV, 484n.

5Sweden had consuls in a dozen French ports. Bérard served as the one for Lorient, but was not consul general: Almanach royal for 1781, p. 264.

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