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To Benjamin Franklin from Patrick Murphy et al., 17 September 1783

From Patrick Murphy et al.

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Bourdox September the 17th. 1783

Sir,

I hope Yr. Honr. will look into the Affair As Our Case is Verry hard at present and take it into Yr. Serious Considration As Wee Are Strangers here And Cant Get abirth too Any part Likewise to let Yr. Honr. know that Wee have Been in his Majesties Service All this War We Want to Go home Or To the West indies As Wee Are Determined Not to Go to England But Willing To Serve in the Merchant Service as Usual So Wee hope Yr. honr. will Relieve us in Our poor. & low Situation the Number of Us is 26. Running in Debt And Expect to Go to Goal Except Yr. Hr. Does Something in Our Behalf in So Doing Youl Oblige And Serve Yr. humble & faithful Servants till Death Wee Humbly Beg And Request of Yr. Honour To Write A few lines in Our Behalf to Mr. Bunfill1 in Bourdeaux Yr. Verry humble Servants—

Patrick Murphy
Joseph Mitchel
Mathew Jackson
Wm. Brien

Notation: Brien. 17 Sept. 1783.

1John Bondfield, the American agent at Bordeaux.

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