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To Benjamin Franklin from John Paul Jones, 21 September 1778

From John Paul Jones

ALS: American Philosophical Society; AL (draft): National Archives; copy: United States Naval Academy Museum

Brest Septr. 21st. 1778

Honored and dear Sir

This serves only to cover my letters to the Duke De Chartres and his Squire as mentioned in my last.1 Unless you entirely Approve of these letters I beg you to suppress them. If you Approve them I could wish it may be consistent and convenient for you to see, or Write a line to, the Duke about the time they are delivered, for there is such a Mystery in my situation that it is thought you have disapproved of my Conduct.

The Alert was missing but is Arrived, And I having seen the Fox would wish to Accept of that Ship attended by the Alert in the Meantime, Unless something better is immediatly Offered and Bestowed. I shall with this Command expect Unlimited Orders. I am with the truest Esteem and Respect Honored and dear Sir Your very Obliged Servant

Jno P Jones

N.B. I am convinced that if an application is not Immediatly Made for the Fox, that Ship will be given away.

Endorsed: Capt. Jones Brest Sept. 21. 78

1The two letters, to the duc de Chartres and comte de Genlis and dated Sept. 21, are a repetition of Jones’s complaints and a plea for help; they are now in the Library of Congress.

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