Benjamin Franklin Papers

Samuel Tucker to the American Commissioners, 25 April 1778: résumé

Samuel Tucker to the American Commissioners7

ALS: Massachusetts Historical Society

<Bordeaux, April 25, 1778: I had my mast condemned by a jury of six carpenters, three merchant captains, and Mr. Bondfield. You would have told me, I assume, if you intended to load cargo; I have therefore begun to take in ballast. The King’s officers are enticing men from me for the army; I retrieved five today who were about to embark for St. Martin’s.8>

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

7Published in Taylor, Adams Papers, VI, 55–6.

8St.-Martin-de-Ré, a military depot.

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