Benjamin Franklin Papers

Lambert Wickes to the Committee of Secret Correspondence, 11 July 1776

Lambert Wickes to the Committee of Secret Correspondence

ALS: National Archives

On board the Ship Reprisal July 11th. 1776


This will inform you of my proceedings since I left Cape May the 3d Instant. We left that place in Company with 13 Merchant Men, who I think all got Safe off, as we did not loose Sight of them till they got a good distance from the Land.6 We Saw no Ships of War at all on the Coast.

We this Day fell in with Captain Mackay, in the Ship Friendship from Granada bound to London, loaded with Rum, Sugar, Cocoa and Coffee, which Ship I have taken, and sent John Parks in her prize Master and have given him orders to get into Philadelphia if Possible and if this should not be practicable, he is to Run her into the first port in his power and Send an Express to Inform you Imeadiately.7 Mr. Bingham is Well and desires his Complyments to you. From Gentlemen Your most Oblig’d humble Servant

Lambt. Wicks

P. S: Our people are all well to 3 or 4. We are in Longitude 57 D, West and Lattd. 31 North

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Addressed: To / The Committee of Secret Correspondance / Philadelphia

Endorsed: July 11. 1776 Capt Lambert Wicks

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

6In fact three were captured; Clark, Wickes, pp. 52–3.

7The crew of the Friendship, to a man, joined the American service. The value of her cargo was estimated at £35,000, and Parks did succeed in bringing her in to Philadelphia. Ibid., pp. 54–5, 66; Naval Docs., VI, 64.

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