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To Benjamin Franklin from James Lovell, 17 May 1781

From James Lovell

ALS (two): American Philosophical Society; copy: National Archives; transcript: National Archives

Philada. May 17. 1781

Hond. Sir

Doctor Putnam whose Letter is inclosed,6 by the Uniformity of his Attachment to our public Cause, merits your Patronage; and I inclose also for your Information some former Proceedings of Congress in which this same Gentleman is interested; requesting Sir that you would obtain a Knowledge of the Proceedings consequent upon Efforts which Mr. Gerard has undoubtedly made to obtain Compensation for the Sloop which Count D’Arbaud restored to the Governor of Antigua after it had been taken by Doctor Putnam & others.7 Your most humb Servt.

James Lovell

Hon. Doctr. Franklin

Addressed: Doctor Franklin / Minister plenipory. / of the U S. of America / A Paris France / not to be destroyed in case of Capture / vid Journals of Congress 6th. & 11th. of Decr. 17798

Notation: James Lovell May 17. 1781.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

6Undoubtedly Benjamin Putnam’s Feb. 12 letter: XXXIV, 369–70.

7Congress discussed Putnam’s earlier case on Sept. 4, 1779: XXXIV, 370n. It resolved to lay the facts before French minister Conrad-Alexandre Gérard in order to obtain restitution: JCC, XV, 1022–4.

8The portion after “France” was written on the address sheet in an unknown hand. The Congressional resolutions of Dec. 6 and 11 concern a schooner named the Greyhound, which had been taken to St. Domingue; we discern no connection with Putnam: La Luzerne to Congress, Dec. 6 and 11, 1779 (National Archives); JCC, XV, 1356, 1372.

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