From Joshua Barney
ALS: Historical Society of Pennsylvania
L Orient Novr. 23d. 1782.
I have the honor to inform you that I only arrived last night owing to My carriage having broke down on the Road. I have found the Dispatches4 and According to Your orders have Dispatched a Courier with them to You. Your not having Given any Directions to Mr. Barclay concerning the Dispatches he Declines having any thing to do with them except providing me With the person who brings them. Therefore you will plan to Settle with the Courier on that head.5 My ship is at present Ready for Sea and hope I shall not be Detain’d any time And Am Your Most Obt. And Hble Servt
Excellency B Franklin
Addressed: His Excellency / B. Franklin / Passy / Nr. Paris
Notation: Joshua Barney Nov. 23 1782.
4. Vergennes’ dispatches from La Luzerne, for which see BF to Vergennes, Nov. 10. Barney was sent to see if they had been left on the General Washington when La Forest arrived from Lorient without them: Hulbert Footner, Sailor of Fortune: the Life and Adventures of Commodore Barney, U.S.N. (New York and London, 1940), p. 133.
5. On Dec. 3 Grand paid a courier from Lorient 240 l.t.: Account XXVII (XXXII, 4).