Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Antonio Francesco Salucci et fils, 2 April 1779

From Antonio Francesco Salucci et fils

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Leghorn the 2th April 1779

My lord

By This Post, We have been honoured, with Your Excellency favours, dated under the 18th: Last. The containing of the Same has Confirmed Us, in the good hopes We have conceived, about our Expedition to America, which Sailed out of Cadiz on The 2th: March, with a Convoy for 200. Leigues of a French Fleet comanded by Sir Espinosa9 Together with 4. American, and 4. French Ships. If The said convoy, might reach as far as America, we had room, to be more Tranquil.

In The mean while, we Give to Your Excellency our most Sincere thanks, for The happy wishes, that Your goodness advances to Us for the good Success, of this undertaking; and We humbly beg Your Excellency in case of receiving any anticipate advice of the Arrival Theither of this tuscan Ship, to order one of your Secretarys to acquaint us with it. We beg also respectfully of you, to permit us, of Sending to America, Some Letters to our Captain, under the Pacquet of your Excellency, and for Such an Objet, we Took the Liberty to Send one, to Your Secretary by the Last Post, and we advance another in this which is for us equally Important.—

We are with all respect and Submission My lord Your most humble, obedt: and respectble servants

Antony Francis Salucci & SON

Notation: Ant. Frs. Salucci & Sons Leghorn 2. Ap. 79.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

9Actually Capt. de Coriolis d’Espinouse of the French ship of the line Caton, 74. He was the senior captain of a squadron consisting of his ship, the Destin, 74, Magicienne, 26, and Atalante, 26, which arrived at Cadiz from Toulon on Feb. 13, 1779. It sailed from there on March 3, arriving five days later at La Coruña, and finally reached Brest on May 15. Its progress can be followed in the Correspondance Politique: Espagne (AAE).

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