Benjamin Franklin Papers

Abraham Livingston to the American Commissioners, 20 October 1778: résumé

Abraham Livingston to the American Commissioners7

ALS: American Philosophical Society

<Charleston, October 20, 1778: I wrote you on June 10 and 228 that the commercial committee of Congress had ordered several vessels from here. The Flammand’s officers and crew refused to sail here from Massachusetts,9 the Mellish was destroyed by the British at Bedford,1 and the ship Hayfield and brigantine Minerva have been ordered to the West Indies. My hopes of sending remittances to France on the public account are frustrated; I will advise you whenever anything further occurs in the mercantile line.>

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

7Published in Taylor, Adams Papers, VII. Livingston served as commercial and continental prize agent at Charleston.

8Missing. The only previous communication we have found was a letter of introduction: XXVI, 455.

9Beaumarchais’ Flammand (or Flamand) had planned to pick up freight in Charleston: Morton, Beaumarchais Correspondance, IV, 186 (entry of July 31).

1During the British occupation of New Bedford: Silas Deane to BF, Sept. 15.

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