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To Benjamin Franklin from John Paul Jones, 4 December 1780

From John Paul Jones

ALS: American Philosophical Society; AL: National Archives

L’Orient Decr. 4. 1780

Honored and dear Sir,

The 30 Ult. I recd. a Letter from M. Gourlade, in which he says “l’honorable M. Franklin m’a remis ses depeches en trois Paquets que Je vous remetrai”— I have Understood he is on the Road, and his People expect him here every hour.— For these Five Days past I have been ready for Sea, notwithstanding the preceeding Rains, and have been waiting only for your Excillencies Dispatches.— I hope also M. La Grave1 or some other person will immidiately arrive here with dispatches from Court in consequence of the Advices received from Rhode Island by the Amazon Frigate arrived here.2 The Wind has been Fair for five Days past. With profound respect, I am ever Your Excellencies most Obliged and most humble Servant

Jno P Jones

His Excellency B. Franklin Esqr. American Minister at Versailles

Notation: Capt. Jones. Dec 4. 1780

1Nicolas Le Cointe de La Grave (1746–1821), a cavalry captain: Bodinier, Dictionnaire, p. 299; Bradford, Jones Papers, reel 6, no. 1208.

2The Amazone arrived at Lorient on Nov. 22: La Charce to BF, [Nov. 25?], above.

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