Benjamin Franklin Papers

Benjamin Gunnison to the American Commissioners, 14 December 1778: résumé

Benjamin Gunnison5 to the American Commissioners6

ALS: American Philosophical Society

<Brigantine Morris, Roscoff [Brittany], December 14, 1778: I have just arrived after a passage of forty-two days, and await your instructions.7 I intended to make the ports of either Nantes or Bordeaux but was prevented by violent gales off the coast. My sails and rigging are badly damaged; with a bit of repair I believe they would get me into Morlaix [P.S.] His Majesty’s warship Serin commanded by Duménil is here;8 he offers to escort me to Nantes or Bordeaux.>

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

5Master of the Morris since January, 1777: Naval Docs., VII, 1020.

6Published in Taylor, Adams Papers, VII, 273–4.

7An order of Congress dated Aug. 1 consigned the cargo of the Morris to the commissioners who were directed to settle Ross’s accounts with Congress: JCC, XI, 740. Ross had been ordered to supply Gunnison with whatever he needed and to load the brig with salt for the return voyage: Smith, Letters, IX, 153–4.

8The ship was a 12-gun corvette: Amblard-Marie-Raymond-Amédée, vicomte de Noailles, Marins et soldats français en Amérique . . . (Paris, 1903), p. 374.

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