Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from John Atwood, Jacob Vere, and Nathan Chadwick, 7 August 1778

From John Atwood, Jacob Vere, and Nathan Chadwick8

ALS: American Philosophical Society

August the 7th year 1778

Dr. Franklin Sir

We take Leave to write to your Honour to Let you know We are amaricans taken prisoners By the English and Endangered our Lives to get to france Expecting to get our Liberty and the people are suspicious of our Being English and we Desire the favour to Come Before your honour to answer for our Selves. We are your honours most humble and obedient Servents

John Atwood
Jacob Vere
Nathan Chadwick

Major Kauchÿ [?]

Addressed: To / the Right Honourable / Dr. franklin Ambasinder / for / the United States / of Amarica / [in another hand:] a Paris

Notation: 3 Americans to Dr. Franklin

Endorsed: Prisoners

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

8The sailors mentioned above by Lecavelier on Aug. 6. John Atwood had been on the Dalton, Capt. Eleazer Johnson, when it was captured Dec. 24, 1776. He made an unsuccessful escape attempt Aug. 27, 1777. Nathan Chadwick subsequently was a seaman on the Susannah. New-England Hist. and Geneal. Register, XXXII, 308; Kaminkow, Mariners.

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