Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from James Thompson, 22 July 1779

From James Thompson6

LS: American Philosophical Society

Brest, July 22nd. 1779


I have sent to you by Capt. Carey7 all the Letters that I brought from Boston with me8 as I am certain they will be delivered to you with the greatest care. He is a Gentleman who came Passenger with me. I shall sail for Nantz in two or three Days where I shall take in a small Cargoe for Boston. I expect to sail from Nantz by the first of next Month. If your Honours should have any Commands, I should be glad to have the Honor to serve You.

I have the Honor to be,— Gentlemen Your most Obedt. & Huml Servt.

Jams. Thompson

Addressed: For / The Honble. Benjamin Franklin / Paris / Favd. by / Cap. Carey

Notation: Thompson Brest 22. juillet 1779.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

6Captain of the schooner Lee: XXIX, 656n.

7Probably the veteran Boston ship captain John Carey: Claghorn, Naval Officers, p. 49.

8Including a letter to BF from Jonathan Loring Austin (XXIX, 656–7).

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