Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from John Locke, 10 November 1778

From John Locke2

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Grand Saintmaan Britane3
Novembar the 10, 1778

Most honrabil docktor Sur

Thease Lines Comes to In form you that as I am hear and a Marican and a poor prisner & have a wife and famyly In a maricah I have Maid bold to Rite to you hoping that your honar will Excuse My In trusion In Riting to you hopin that your honar will be So kind as to have Me takin out of this onhappy Sitation & Sent befour Some Good a thority and Strict ly Examand In Regard of my behavour and Conduct Sens I left home so that if your honar Pleasis that I mite Go home again and try to doe Some thing to help Support my famyly and Country thair is now or was the thurd of this month a Noumbar of poor young fellars In prisan at denan and some of them was a Long with me and Some In other Ships that doth belong to a maraca So that If your honar Pleasis to have me Examand I Can tel what thair Names is and what part of a Maraca thay be Long to So No more at preassant but I am Sur your Most Humbil Sarvant

John Locke

Addressed: A Monsieur / Monsieur franclin / ambassadeur d’amerique / A Paris4

Notations in different hands: John Locke to Dr. F. / Nov. 10. 78

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

2A native of Cape Cod, Locke was included in the list of Americans serving on English whaling vessels (XXVII, 660n). In a letter to BF of Oct. 28, 1779 (APS), he described his capture and imprisonment in England. Released by virtue of his agreeing to join the whaling fleet, he was then captured by the French.

3Presumably St. Méen le Grand, in Brittany, just south of Dinan.

4“3 [l.t.?]. 3” is written on the back of the address sheet.

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