Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from John Paul Jones, 6 June 1778

From John Paul Jones

ALS: American Philosophical Society; AL (draft): National Archives; AL: United States Naval Academy Museum

Drake, Brest June 6th. 1778.

Honored and dear Sir

Your much esteemed favor of the 1st. Current, which I received last Night lays me under a most singular Obligation: I cannot but be deeply sensible of the Honor which is confered upon me by the Proposition; and I really think it affords a very fair prospect of Success.

In a few days the return of a letter from Mr. Schweighauser2 will I hope enable me to leave Affairs here so as to Attend you at Paris. I shall be happy in opportunities to prove by my Conduct, how much I wish to merit the continuance of your Confidence and that of the Prince.3

It gives me pleasure to hear of the Arrival of the Providence Frigate at Nantes; and as I believe the Boston is not yet departed from Bourdeaux, if you approve it, they can Rendezvous here, which may enable us to regulate any disorders that may exist;4 and perhaps it may be more expedient that the Force should be United than kept seperate. I have the Honor to be with Sentiments of great Esteem and Respect Sir Your very Obliged, very Obedient and very humble Servant

Jno P Jones

His Excellency Doctor Franklin.

Notation: P. Jones Brest 18. may 1778.5

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

2In reply to one from Jones of June 4 (National Archives; U.S. Naval Academy Museum). If Schweighauser did send an answer, it is apparently missing.

3The draft here adds in the margin: “De Naussau who was to have embarked under my Command.”

4The draft here adds in the margin: “on board [the Ra]nger.”

5See the notation on the letter of that date.

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