Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from the Comte Sutton de Clonard, 15 March 1779

From the Comte Sutton de Clonard1

AL: American Philosophical Society

15 March 1779./.

M. de Clonard has the honour of presenting his best Compliments, & prays him to Send him per Bearer the two Passports, he left with him yesterday, & the needfull papers he was so kind as to Say he would add to ’em, & for which he returns his thanks.

He also prays that when a Cartel Ship will come for the Exchange of prisoners, He may think of ordering that Thomas Wilkinson formerly Pilot of the Drake Arm’d Ship, & now prisoner on his parole at St. Pol de Leon in Brittany may be comprehended in the first Exchange—2

Addressed: A Monsieur / Monsr. Franklin Ministre / Plenipotentiaire des Etats unis / de l’Amerique—/ à Passy./.

Endorsed: M. le Comte de Clonard3 Thos Wilkinson to be one of the first Prisoners exchang’d—

Notations in different hands: Le Comte de 15. March 1779. / Clonard le Comte de 15. March 1779.

1Jean, comte Sutton de Clonard, was formerly a colonel of the Walsh regiment in France’s Irish Brigade: Richard Hayes, ed., Biographical Dictionary of Irishmen in France (Dublin, 1949), p. 292. In 1778 he had written on behalf of another prisoner: XXVI, 576–7n.

2Wilkinson had been granted a parole for reasons of health: XXVII, 254.

3“M. le Comte” has been deleted by a later hand.

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