Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from John Channing, [on or before 4 September 1778]

From John Channing

ALS: Historical Society of Pennsylvania

[on or before September 4, 17786]

Honorable Sir

I Leave A List of Americans who made their Escape from England, myself who had a Leuitnts Commission for the Continental Navy.7 We are desitute of money for to Repair to America therefore request your assistance and am with Respect Sir Your very humble Servant

John Channing

PS We will wait on yr honor at 9 oClock

  • Wm. Knapp
  • Wm. Daniels
  • James Spencer
  • David Lymon
  • Joseph Pulford8
[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

6When BF and JA gave them 10 louis apiece: commissioners’ account with Ferdinand Grand, Taylor, Adams Papers, VI, 360.

7See his previous letter, Aug. 24.

8Channing and these five men appear both in the Alphabetical List of Escaped Prisoners, and in the second memorandum summarized in XXV, 4.

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