Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Leveux, 26 November 1778

To Leveux

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Passy, Nov. 26. 1778


An English armed Cutter has lately been off Dieppe, and pretending to be an American, has cheated our Friend there out of some Refreshments, &c.2 and having got the Names of our Friends in other Ports, he may play the same Game all along the Coast. I send you this Notice that you may be upon your Guard—

I requested you some time since to receive & forward to me Mr Collas’s things.3 If you meet with any Difficulty in obtaining them, please to let me know.

I have the honour to be Sir, Your most obedient humble Servant

B Franklin

Mr Leveux

Addressed: A Monsieur / Monsieur LeVeux / Negociant / à Calais.—

Notations in different hands: Franklin / Passy francklin recu le 29 9bre 1778 rep le 8 Mars 1779

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

2Le Baron had supplied “Job Prince” with the supplies he had requested: see Le Baron’s letter of Nov. 18.

3Collas had written BF on Nov. 11 for help; BF’s letter to Leveux is missing.

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