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To Benjamin Franklin from Jonathan Nesbitt, 13 September 1782

From Jonathan Nesbitt

ALS: American Philosophical Society

L’Orient Septr. 13: 1782

Sir

I take the liberty to request that your Excellency will furnish me with a Commission, to Command a Letter of Marque, for Captain Thomas Bell,5 formerly Commander of the Luzerne, now of the Renette, bound from this Port to Philadelphia;— I must likewise trouble your Excellency for Copy of the Instructions, and Bond that is given on receiving a Commission, the latter of which shall be immediately return’d you in form.

I have the honor to remain wth. the highest respect. Your Excellencys most Obedt. & very humble Servt.

Jonatn: Nesbitt

His Excellency Benjn: Franklin Esqr

Addressed: Son Excellence / Benjn. Franklin / Ministre plenipotentiaire des / Etats unis de L’Amerique / a Passy / pres Paris

Notation: Jona. Nesbitt L’Orient Sept. 13. 1782.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

5Nesbitt had been instrumental in obtaining Bell’s exchange at the beginning of 1782: XXXVI, 377.

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