Benjamin Franklin Papers

The American Commissioners to Gourlade, Bérard frères & Monplaisir, 13 October 1777

The American Commissioners to Gourlade, Bérard frères & Monplaisir

Copy: Connecticut Historical Society

Paris 13 Octr. 1777


Yours of the 6th. is before us. When the Private Letter referred to3 and the situation of the Frigates shall be communicated to us we shall be in a Situation for forming a judgment and writing you more particularly. Meantime we inclose a Letter for Capt. Thompson which we take the Liberty to ask you to deliver to him. We must rely on your assisting these Officers as well to Careen their Vessels and procure the necessary refreshments, as in having the Prizes disposed of to the best possible advantage.4 We have the honor to remain Gentlemen your most Obedient and very humble Servants

Messrs. Gourlade &c.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

3Now lost, but mentioned in the one the commissioners are answering and enclosed in Thompson’s of the 10th; it had to do with completing the ships’ armament.

4British intelligence reported soon afterward that the consortium itself had purchased the Alfred’s and Raleigh’s prizes: Stevens, Facsimiles, III, no. 274, p. 3–4.

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