Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Brault and Demezandré, 8 April 1779

To Brault and Demezandré

Copy: Library of Congress

Passy April 8 1779


I received the Letter you did me the Honor to write to me of the 1st. inst. I am sorry for the Disappointments you have met with in your Commerce with America, and hope you will have better Success hereafter. In answer to your Request of a Passage for your selves and Goods in the Alliance, I can only say that no Goods can be taken upon Freight in our Ships of War, the little Room that is left after the Provisions and Water for such a Number of Men are stowed, being all wanted for the Arms, Ammunition & Clothing necessary for our Troops.— As to your Passage, if the Captain can accommodate you and you can agree with him about it, I shall make no Objection to it; tho’ in general the taking of Passengers in our Ships has been found very inconvenient:1 But I can give no Orders about it, not knowing whether it is practicable to receive you, of which the Capt. himself is the best judge. I have the honor to be &c

Messieurs de Mezandré et Brault at Malo.

1The two men wrote again on May 27 to thank BF. They had shown his letter to Landais, but had been informed by the captain of a change in the destination of the Alliance. APS.

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