Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Job Bunker, 26 June 1783

From Job Bunker

ALS: American Philosophical Society

St Malo June the 26th. 1783—


I Take the freedom in wrighting unto your honour baging for your Assistance to Enable me to Guit out of this Cuntry into my one which is Amarica & was born in the Iseland of Nantucket & have fought two yrs in the first of the warr untill I had the misforten to be taking & Carried in England & After made my Ascape in france & Ever Since have ben fighting for them whare as I have ben un Sucksesfull, & at this Presant time am So Dreand of money that am not Able to Clear my Self of my Boarding. After Seling All the Clothing that I Could Spare am in want of 300 hundred Livers. Also I have made A Request unto mr Dessagray4 for A Passague on Board of his Vessell that is Bound for Amarica & will Saill within 20 Days from this & he Refuses me without I Give him 400 hundred Livers in Hand before I Sail which is not in my Power at Presant & If yr honour will Consider my Situation & Assist me in this Dark & malloncoully Situation I will Endavour to Reinbust the Same unto yr honour by yr honour in Amarica. I Pray yr honour to Consider my Situation at this Presant time & Request the favour of yr Answer to me by the Next Post & in Ending I Subcribing my Self unto you yr humble Servant to Serve

Job Bunker


I have Saild in the Station of 2d. Lutenant Ever Since I have ben in their Employ & have made my first Cruse with Monsieur Guidlo in the Duches of Paling Nack5 & have hed A high Recommendation of my Bravery & qualification, in Every Point from him in this town

Addressed: A Son Excellence / Monsieur Benjamin Franklin / Ambassadeur des Etats Unis de LAmericque / a Passy pres / Paris

Notation: Bunker June 26. 1783

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

4Desegray was the unofficial American agent in Saint-Malo, and a merchant of that town: XXIII, 588.

5The Duchesse-de-Polignac, Capt. Guidelou: Anatole, marquis de Granges de Surgères, Prises des corsaires français pendant la guerre de l’indépendance (1778–1783) … (Paris and Nantes, 1900), p. 41.

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