Benjamin Franklin Papers

Nathaniel Dowse to the American Commissioners, 5 May 1778: résumé

Nathaniel Dowse to the American Commissioners3

ALS: American Philosophical Society

<Bordeaux, May 5, 1778: I sailed from Virginia as master of the Mercer, with tobacco consigned by Congress to the Delaps. On May 4 my crew mutinied and took me in to Whitehaven, where I was imprisoned until I escaped4 and found a vessel that arrived here yesterday. I tender you my services. Several local merchants have made me offers, but I shall wait until I hear from you. John Adams, Esq., whom I know, will answer any questions you may have about me. Please let me have your answer soon.>

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

3Published in Taylor, Adams Papers, VI, 83–4.

4Carrying Samuel Martin’s note to BF above, March 14.

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