Benjamin Franklin Papers

Samuel Nicholson to the American Commissioners, 15 August 1777

Samuel Nicholson to the American Commissioners

ALS: American Philosophical Society

St. Mallo Augst. 15th. 1777.

Honble Gentlemen

This serves to informe You of my Arrival at this Place the Day before Yesterday from Nantes, which Place I left the 11th. Inst., at which time I wrote informeing You of the Same. Capt. Wickes has recomended Mr. Elliot, his Lieut. of Marines,9 to go out with me as Capt. of Marines, if this shou’d meet with your Approbation You will be pleased to send me A Commission for him and one for A Lieut. of Marines. Mr. Elliot is A very worthy Gentleman and very Deserving Man.

In my last I wrote You for A Commission for Mr. Dillaway who is at Present Master of the Dolphin. I Ship’d five American seamen Yesterday, and make no doubt but shall get a great part of our Crew before we sail. I am Gentlemen Your very Humble Servant

Sam Nicholson

Addressed: To / The Honble Silas Dean Esq / At / Paris / per favr. of Mr. Beaugar

Notation: S. Nicholson Augt. 15. 77.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

9John Elliot was one of the officers who had been wounded the previous February in an engagement during Wickes’s cruise: above, XXIII, 330.

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