Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Margaret E. Stevens, 12 October 1779

From Margaret E. Stevens7

ALS: American Philosophical Society

New Norfolk Street Grosvenor Square
October 12th 1779

Dear Sir/

I am sensible the favor I am about to ask of you require many apoligizes, & yet when I consider that you are never so happy as when you have an opportunity of shewing your humanity, & of communicating happiness to others: I flatter myself you will pardon the liberty I take; As I was the other day expressing the sense I had of the politeness, & civility I receiv’d from you during my stay at Paris; a Gentleman entreated I wou’d entercede with you, in behalf of a Mr. Currie, who was a Captn. of an english privateer, & is now a prisonner at Tours in Turenne;8 he wishes much to have him exchanged, & if that is not to be done, that he may have leave of absence to return to England; be so good therefore dear Sir to interest yourself in favor of Mr. Currie, if what I have asked is proper to be granted, & if not to excuse my error; & to beleive me to be with the greatest respect Dear Sir, Your Most obedient, & Sincere Humble Sert

M: E: Stevens

please to present my best Compts. to Mr. Franklin

Addressed: A Monsieur / Monsieur Franklin / à Passy

Notation: Stevens Oct. 12. 1779.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

7A native of Beaufort, S.C., she had visited Paris in June, 1778, returning to London the following February: XXVI, 684; XXVIII, 459.

8Digges describes an Alexander Currie who commanded the merchant ship Henry (owned by Hartley’s cousin Samuel Hartley) and was taken on Oct. 31, 1778, by the Vengeance. He had been carried into Brest and was now at Tours. Elias and Finch, Letters of Digges, pp. 84, 102n.

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