Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from William Kentisbear, 5 July 1779

From William Kentisbear5

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Aix in Provence
July 5th. 1779

May it Please your Excellency

Being now a Prisoner at this Place & on My Peroole of Honour, begs leave to address your Excellency on this present occasion, As Being a Subject to the United & Independent States of America, Sollicits your Honour to Use your interest & influence to Procure my Enlargement & Liberty As there being but two Unhappy Sufferers of Us natives of America puts Great confidence in our being Successful— Having received a Letter lately from Bourdeaux from Mr. Frasier Directed to My fellow Sufferer Mr. Taylor in which he intimates the nessesity of our Accquainting Your Excellency of the above.6 Anxious Waiting for your approbation hoping Yr. Excellency Will take our Distressed situation in consideration Which Will be Gratefully Acknowledged by Sr. With Profound Respect Your most Obedient & humble Servant

William Kentisbear

Your Excellency will Please to Observe that We Shall think it the most happy circumstance that can Occur to procure us Passes to proceed to Bourdeaux Or Nants & there to repair on Board Some American frigate Or Vessel of War as Your Excellencys Goodness shall think most Expedient

Addressed: a Son Excellence / Monsieur Le Docteur Franklin / ambassadeur des Etats unis de l’amerique / à la Cour de france / à Paris

Notations in different hands: William Kentisbear, Aix in Province July. 5. 1779 / aix

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

5An American prisoner in France, he had already written BF three times: XXVIII, 86–7.

6See our annotation of Frazer’s July 2 letter.

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