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
Major Kauchÿ [?]
Notation: 3 Americans to Dr. Franklin
8. The 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.