Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from ——— Guiraut l’Ainé, 25 February 1777: résumé

From ——— Guiraut l’Ainé7

ALS: American Philosophical Society

<Bordeaux, February 25, in French: I consigned some vinegar to Dublin on the Barbara, Capt. Welsh. She was captured and taken into Lorient by an American ship, I have just learned, and is being held there.8 I have the right as a Frenchman to repossess my merchandise, and ask you to have it released to the holder of my power of attorney, or to be reimbursed for its value according to the invoice that I am sending.>

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

7A partner in an old and distinguished mercantile house in Bordeaux.

8This assertion is baffling. We have found no record of the Barbara at this time; she was captured by a privateer two months later, and recaptured the following day: Naval Docs., VIII, 799–800.

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