Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from William Bett, 18 September 1779

From William Bett

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Brest Sept. 18th 1779

May it please your Excellency

We hope you will not be offended at the liberty taken by Three Distress’d young Men Natives of America who are at preasent on board the Gentile Frigate4 hear and are Very disireous of getting home as the have very responcible Freinds in America. Therefore most Earnestly Requests youll Demand us that we may return home as we Are sure our assistance is wanted on Board some of Our Vessels. If your Excellency is kind Enough to Favour us with An Answer Please to Dirict to Sir your most Obedt. Humb Servt.

Wm. Bett

Addressed: His Excellency / John Franklin Esqr. / Paris

Notations: W. Bett. Brest 18. 7bre. 1779. / paye a nantes

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

4The French Navy frigate Gentille, 26: Dull, French Navy, p. 357.

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