Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Puchelberg & Co., 13 February 1780

To Puchelberg & Co.1

Copy: Library of Congress

Passy. 13. feb. 1780


This is to request that you would cause to be delivered to the king’s Officer in your Port, who has the Charge of sending over English Prisoners in Exchange for french, all the English Prisoners now confined there, who have been brought in by American Vessels, and particularly those brought in by the Black Prince.

I have the honour to be. Gentlemen.

Messrs. Puchelberg & Co Agents for the American Congress at L’Orient.

1For the past year and a half the merchant Puchelberg had been handling American prizes in Lorient under Schweighauser’s authority, while informally leaving prisoners to James Moylan: XXVII, 62n, 544, 583, 649. Prompted by Sartine’s letter of the preceding day, BF here turns to the official American representative in the port.

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