Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Jacob Pope et al., 21 December 1781

From Jacob Pope et al.

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Spithead On board H:M: prison Ship Diligente Decemb: the 21st: 1781


Your Most Humble Petitioners Hopeth Your Honour will be Pleasd. to Compassionate Their Distressd: Situation as we Have Underwent The Greatest fateague and trouble Immaginable Since we Had The Misfortune of Beeing Captivatd. in the westindeas and Carreed Into Jimeca and Sent from Thence on Board His Majesties Ships here where we now remain Expecting Dealy to be Sent to One of his Majesties Goals4 So as we Are in a Distressd. Situation We realy [rely] on Your Honour and Goodness and Expect You will Be Pleasd to Have us Exchangd. as Soon as possiable You can for which Service Done Your Contrymen I hope will be reward by God which will be The Continual Prayers and Sincear well wishes of Your most Humble & Most Deevotd. Petitinors

Jecob: Pope & PRESONERS

P.S. as There is about 60 or 70 of us prisoners who was Brought from the west-Indeas we realy [rely] on Your Honour and Goodness & Expect You will Be pleasd. to have us Exchangd. Speedally as we are in a Distressd Situation

Addressed: To / Doctr: Fracklin Esqr: American / Agent in Paris France

Endorsed: Prisoners.

Notation: Jacob. Pope & Prisoners Decr. 21. 1781—

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

4Pope, surgeon of the Boston ship Twin Sisters which had been captured in June, 1781, was committed to Mill Prison on Jan. 9, 1782: Kaminkow, Mariners, pp. 154, 235.

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