Benjamin Franklin Papers

John Bondfield to the American Commissioners, 30 March 1778

John Bondfield4 to the American Commissioners

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Bordeaux 30 Mar. 1778

Honored Sirs

By last Post I was honor’d by William Lee Esq. with his Deputation of Commercial Agent for the Secret Committee of Congress at the Ports of Bayonne Bordeaux Rotchfort and La Rotchell. Permit me in that Character to assure you of my steddy adherence to the instructions I have and may receive and to a due observance of any Orders you may please to command, with profound respect I am Your Honors Most Obedient Humble Servant

John Bondfield

Paris The Honble. Benj Franklin Silas Dean & Arthur Lee Esqrs.

Addressed: The Honble. Benj. Franklin Silas / Dean & Arthur Lee Esqrs / Commissioners from Congress / at / Paris

Endorsed: Bondfield March 30th. 1778 Recd. open from Dr. Franklin April 6th. to answr. AL.6

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

4The Canadian merchant who had settled in Bordeaux: above, XXIV, 403 n.

5His new title of deputy commercial agent.

6Lee’s endorsement, like that on the letter from Merckle above of March 26, indicates that BF was leaving commercial correspondence to his colleague. On the verso is a draft in Lee’s hand of the answer printed below, April 13.

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