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To Benjamin Franklin from Jonathan Nesbitt, 9 December 1780

From Jonathan Nesbitt

ALS: American Philosophical Society

LOrient Decr: 9th 1780

Sir!

The three Letters for Henry Laurens Esqr. which I have the honor to inclose your Excellency were deliverd me some time past by Captain Isaac All of the Brigantine Virginia,6 and untill I heard of Mr. Laurens’ unfortunate Capture, it was my design to have sent them to Amsterdam.— At present I do not know any person to whom I can with propriety intrust them except your Excellency, and must request your excuse for not having sent them sooner, but in my hurry to dispatch several Vessells for America; I really either forgot, or mislaid them.

I have the honor to remain wth. Sentiments of the most perfect Respect for your Excellency Sir Your most Obedt humble Servt

Jonatn: Nesbitt

His Excellency B. Franklin Esqr

Notation: J. Nesbitt. L’Orient Dec 9. 80

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

6All had probably delivered the now-missing letters two months earlier: XXXIII, 280n.

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