Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Richard Bache, 14 May 1776

From Richard Bache

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Phila. 14th. May 1776.

Dear and Honored Sir

We have not had the Pleasure of a Line from you since I last wrote you. I wish I had time to give you a particular Account of the Action between our armed Boats and his Majesty’s Ships the Roebuck of 44 Guns, and Liverpoole of 28 Guns, off Wilmington. I fully intended it this Morning, but have been so much employed, I find it impossible. I must therefore beg leave to refer you to the Acct. in Towne’s Paper5, shall only add that the Ships have got a severe drubing and are fairly drove away; some People that have seen them since their Retreat, say the Ships have suffered greatly. We are all Well, and with much Love and Duty join in wishing you a safe return to us. I am Dear sir Yours &c.

R Bache

Addressed: Benjn. Franklin Esqr.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

5Pa. Evening Post, May 9, 11, 1776. The engagement occurred on May 8 and, despite newspaper accounts, apparently left the British ships almost undamaged: Naval Docs., IV, 1470–1; V, 15–16, 18–19.

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