Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Robert Niles, 3 November 1778

To Robert Niles

ALS: Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Passy, Nov. 3. 1778


I am sorry for your Misfortune.8 On showing this Line to Mr Bondfield, he will supply you with what may be necessary to forward your Return, in which I wish you better Luck, being, with Regard, & Goodwill, Sir, Your most obedient humble Servant

B Franklin

Capt. Niles

Addressed: A Monsieur / Monsieur le Capitaine Niles / Ameriquain / chez M. Bondfield / Negociant / à Bordeaux

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

8The Connecticut ship captain’s letter of Oct. 27 (XXVII, 652–3) described his capture on Aug. 29, only a day after he had sailed from Nantes. During his stay at Bordeaux he sought aid from John Bondfield, American agent at that port (XXIV, 403n).

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