From Cradock Taylor
ALS: American Philosophical Society
Aix in Provance Janry 7th. 1780
I beg leave to inform your Excellency that at the time of the exchange of the English prisonors (as I would not except of my exchange as an English man) my allowance has been stop’t & since that time I have Subsisted on this small sum you were so kind as to give me.9 I inform’d you in my last of my intentions of going to Martineco1 & inclos’d you the Capts. Sertifycate but I find he will not sail so soon as I expected but it will be the latter part of this month at furthest at which time I shall find a difficulty to depart as of course I shall be some small trifle in dept which if your Excellency will spare me but three pounds I shall be able to Discharge otherwise I don’t know how I Shall be able to proseed; I beg your Excellencies pardon for troubleing you so often but I hope you will Excuse it & compute it to its true cause—Nedcessaty.
I Am Sir with the greatest Respect your Excellencies most Obblig’d & Obedient Humbl. Servt
Addressed: His Excellency Benjn. Franklin / Esqr. Plenopitery to the / United States of America / Parris
Notation: Cradock Taylor
9. Apparently the five louis d’or mentioned in BF’s Nov. 1, 1779, letter, above.
1. Missing; his last extant letter, that of Nov. 24, 1779, above, does not indicate such an intention.