Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Jno. Piers et al., 8 November 1778

From Jno. Piers et al.

ALS or L:9 American Philosophical Society

Donant Castle Novr. 8. 1778

Honrd. Sir

We take the Liberty to inform you that we the four undermentioned was taken in the Black Prince1 belonging to Philadelphia near Eight Months ago and should be glad if Possible to imbrace the oppertunity of going in any Privateer or other Ship in the American Service to gett home as we all have Familys in America Hope your Honour will take our Case into Consideration and releive us from this our present Confinement and we shall as in Duty bound ever pray for your Honour from Your Honours most Obedient Humble Servts to Command

Jno. Piers
Valintine2 Strong
Richd Harriss
Jno Williams

Addressed: The Honble Franklin / Esqr / Paris—

Notation by John Adams: Prisoners in Dinant

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

9We presume the letter is in Piers’s hand and that he signed for the others.

1Possibly the ship built in Philadelphia in 1774 and owned by Thomas Willing, Robert Morris, and others: PMHB, XXXIX (1915), 194.

2He may have written “Math.” first and changed it to “Valintine”.

Index Entries