Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Goudeman, 10 December 1777

To Goudeman

AL (draft): American Philosophical Society

Passy Dec. 10. 1777


We consider M. Wuibert8 as one of our Countrymen. Hundreds of them are in the same Situation. We have propos’d to the British Court, thro’ their Ambassador here an Exchange of Prisoners in Europe. The Proposition was rejected with Insolence. We have no Interest with that Court to procure Favour. That Gentlemen may depend on our taking the same Care & Pains to procure his Liberty as for any other the most favour’d of our People. I have the honour to be Sir, Yours.

M. Goudeman

Notation: Goudeman, Paris 8 Xb. 77

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

8BF inserted, then crossed out, “in the same Light.” Wuybert’s vicissitudes are detailed in the memorandum above, Nov. 30.

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