From Jno. Piers et al.
ALS or L:9 American Philosophical Society
Donant Castle Novr. 8. 1778
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
Addressed: The Honble Franklin / Esqr / Paris—
Notation by John Adams: Prisoners in Dinant
9. We presume the letter is in Piers’s hand and that he signed for the others.
1. Possibly the ship built in Philadelphia in 1774 and owned by Thomas Willing, Robert Morris, and others: PMHB, XXXIX (1915), 194.
2. He may have written “Math.” first and changed it to “Valintine”.