Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Veuve Morel & fils, 4 January 1780

From Veuve Morel & fils

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Dunkirk. the 4th of January 1780

Honorable Sir

Tho’ We never had the advantage of being favored With any of your much Esteem’d Letters,6 yet We make it Bold to Embrace the opportunity of the present Season to offer you our Sincerest Wishes for your Welfare & that any of your undertaking may answer both your Expectation & that of your Country. We Shall Esteem our Selfs Very happy to merit your Confidence & that frequent Occasion may offer to Convince you how attached We have already proved to be to the good of the united States Even at a Critical Juncture, & When Capt Cunningham Was Kept With all his Crew in Dunkirk Goal.7

No doubt but you have been Informed of Part of Commodore Paul Jones fleet Being arrived.8 Him self in Company With the alliance, it is Said, is gone to Cruse in the Channel. We Wish him much Success. We remain With respectful Sentiments honorable Sir Your most humble & most obediant Servants

Veuve Dque Morel & FILS

Notation: Veuve & Morel & fils Jan 4. 80

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

6Our last record of a letter from the firm was on Nov. 11, 1778: XXVIII, 87–8.

7The firm had assisted William Hodge in outfitting Conyngham’s first ship, the Surprize, and after the ship and Conyngham were detained by the French government had purchased her: XXIV, 296, 303n; Deane Papers, III, 21, 22, 25, 30.

8The Serapis, Pallas, Countess of Scarborough, and Vengeance arrived in Dunkirk on Jan. 2: Archives de la Marine, B3DCLXXIV, 8.

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