Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from John Paul Jones, 5 December 1777

From John Paul Jones

ALS: Harvard University Library

Nantes Decr. 5th. 1777.

Honored Sir

I take the liberty of inclosing two introductory letters Addressed to you in behalf of my Lieutenant, who since his embarkation into the service in July last under my Command hath behaved with becoming dilligence and Attention to duty.2 Should I have the honor of being called to Paris or should any Alteration immediatly take Place in my Command I shall have an Opportunity of giving you further information on this head. Meantime I am with Profound respect Honored Sir Your most Obedient very humble Servant

Jno P Jones

The Honorable B. Franklin Esqr.

Notation: J.P Jones Nantes Decr 5. 1777.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

2The lieutenant was Thomas Simpson; one of the letters to BF was the second of the two above from John Wendell, Oct. 30. Some months later Jones had Simpson arrested.

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