Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Ebenezer Smith Platt, 27 December 1777

From Ebenezer Smith Platt

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Newgate Decemr. 27th: 1777.

Honoured Sir,

I beg leave to make you an humble tender of my most Sinceer, and Unfeigned Thanks, for your great Goodness in taking Notice of, and Releiving me under my present sufferings in the Glorious Cause of American Liberty. And beg the Continuance of your favour towards me in future, that if any Exchange should take place between the English Prisners, and the Americans now Confined in England, that I may be Included therein,8 so as to be thereby enabled on any future Occasion, to render to my Country all the service in my Power; As the only hope I have now left, of obtaining my Liberty depends intirely upon that, or the Successes of my Country. I remain Sir, with the sinceerest Respect Your most Obliged, and Verry Humble Servant

Ebenezer S. Platt

Benjamin Franklin Esqr.

Addressed: Benjamin Franklin Esqr. / Paris

Endorsed: Eb. Smith Plat

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

8Elizabeth Wright had acknowledged BF’s contribution to Platt’s cause in her letter above, Dec. 17; her mother had raised the question of an exchange in hers of Nov. 10.

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