From Andrew Limozin9
ALS: American Philosophical Society
Havre de Grace 1rst July 1783.
I have the honor to inform your Excellency of the Safe arrivall of the Continental Frigate the General Washington Captn Barny which left Philadelphia on the 7th. Ulto in the Evening.1 She is consign’d to my care being apointed Agent for the United States of America for the Port of Havre.
I take the freedom to annex to this Severall Letters directed for your Excellency & arrivd by the Said Packet.
I have the Honor to Subscribe my self with a great regard Sir of your Excellency The most obedt. & very Humble Servt.
Captn Barny setts of just now with his dispatches for the Court.2
His Excellency Dr Ben: Franklin Esqe. Minister Plenipotentiary of the United States of America Passy
Notation: Limozin 1er. Juillet 1783
9. The Le Havre merchant who was appointed American agent there in 1778. Only one previous letter from him is extant: XXVI, 60; XXXVI, 91–2.
1. Despite his instructions to proceed without delay to Le Havre, Joshua Barney spent six days in Plymouth before continuing to France: Hulbert Footner, Sailor of Fortune: the Life and Adventures of Commodore Barney, U.S.N. (New York and London, 1940), pp. 143–6.
2. Barney went first to BF’s residence, arriving on July 2: BF to Laurens, July 6. He carried dispatches from La Luzerne, which BF evidently forwarded to Vergennes; see Vergennes’ note of July 3.