Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from John Bondfield, 29 January 1780

From John Bondfield

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Bordeaux 29th Jany 1780


Mr. Adams left Bayonne the 25th he makes only short Stages and will not arrive here before to morrow.3 The Confederacy is certainly foundered we should otherways have had some inteligence had she been Captured or put back it is upwards of ninty Days since she left the Capes of Delaware.

Our Correspondence with the United States is cruely obstructed the private ships sailing in Convoys whose departures are unfixt4 Letters for months remain unforwd. Monthly Packet Boats in the Plan formerly from Falmouth would be of infinite benifit the Expence if prudently conducted would not be very heavy.5 We have had no arrivals from America many months at this port we are as if disunited. We Expect some valuable Arrivals Dayly. With due respect I have the Honor to be Sir your most Obedient Servant

John Bondfield

His Excellency Ben Franklin Esq Paris

Addressed: His Excelly Benj Franklin / Esq / Paris

Notation: Bondfield John 29. Jany. 1780.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

3JA arrived on the 29th and on the following two evenings dined with Bondfield at the Hôtel d’Angleterre: Butterfield, John Adams Diary, II, 433.

4A westbound convoy then at Brest had been delayed for more than two months: Villiers, Commerce colonial, pp. 219–21.

5He was preaching to the converted, as BF, too, was an advocate of monthly packet boat service between France and America: XXIII, 543–5; XXIX, 609.

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