Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Pierre Landais, 28 July 1779

To Pierre Landais

Copies: Library of Congress; Harvard University Library

Passy, July 28. 1779.


In case the Circumstances of the Bonhomme Richard, should make a Delay of her Sailing necessary of which Mr. De Chaumont will inform you, I do hereby direct that you proceed to the North Seas by Such Route as you Shall judge most proper, and cruise there till the end of September in such Parts as are most convenient for intercepting the Northern Trade to England; after which you are to go in to the Texel, and there wait farther Orders.7 With great Esteem and great Confidence in your Abilities, zeal and activity, I have the honour to be. &c.

Capt. Landais.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

7Although Landais eventually sailed in company with Jones, he subsequently claimed he had not been under Jones’s orders, arguing that Jones’s authority over him had ended with their previous cruise (in June) and citing the present letter as evidence: Landais, Memorial, pp. 23–4, 28, 52–3.

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