Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Thomas Johnson, 3 April 1778

From Thomas Johnson5

LS: American Philosophical Society

Annapolis in Maryland 3 April 1778 In Council


Expecting that Mr. Joshua Johnson of London has removed to France we have empowered him to apply for a Loan of Cloathing etc. for the Use of this State and have taken the Freedom on the uncertainty of his being there to give the like Power in Case of his Absence to such Person as you may nominate hoping that you will take the Trouble of appointing a proper Person if it should be necessary.6 Mr. Carmichael we hear has left France or else we should have desired his Attention eventually to this Business.7 The desire we have to get the Arms and Cloathing and our not knowing in what other Channel to put this Matter with a Hope of Success, will we flatter ourselves be a sufficient Apology to you for this Request. We have the Honour to be with the greatest Esteem Sir Your Most Obedient Servants

Th. Johnson


Addressed: Doctr. Franklin as the / American Commissioner residing / in Paris.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

5For the Governor of Maryland see the DAB.

6Enclosed with the letter were a copy of the Council’s resolution, which said the same thing, and of a letter of instruction from the Governor to Joshua Johnson, his brother, for whom see above, XXI, 157 n; XXV, 6 n.

7Carmichael, a Marylander, had sailed on the Deane in late February and arrived at the beginning of May: ibid., p. 494 n.

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