From Matthew Parke
ALS: American Philosophical Society
L. Orient March 1st. 1782
I have been Hond. with your Excellencys letter of feby. 3d. which gives me great Satisfaction together with my Brother Officers.
I sincerely thank you not only for your kind advice but for your Offers of service.
I have wrote the Minister of France, a letter of this date, begging him to give Orders for the payment of our part of prize money into the Hands of our Attornys, Messr. Puchelberg & Co. Merchts. in this place.9
I beg your Excellency to appologize to the Minister for the liberty I have taken, & your interest with him in our behalf.
I am Sir with every Sentament of Respect— Your Excelly. obed Servt
His Excellency Dr. Franklin Minister from United States
Addressed: His Excellency Benja. Franklin Esqr. / Minister Plenipotentiary at the / Court of Versaills / Passy / near Paris
9. In June, 1780, the officers and crew of the Alliance had appointed Puchelberg & Cie. as their agent: XXXII, 215–16, 618–19. The senior partner in the firm was American commercial agent in Lorient: XXVII, 62n.