Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to John Paul Jones, 16 February 1780

To John Paul Jones

Copy: Library of Congress

Passy, feb. 16. 1780.

Dear sir,

I last Night heard of your arrival at Groa, But have no Letter yet from you. I write this line to acquaint you that I propose to send the alliance out again as soon as Possible that she may be prepared accordingly. As to sheathing her with Copper, I have not the Cash necessary.5 I have now only time to add, that I am with great Esteem Dear sir, &c.

Capt. Jones, at L’Orient.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

5Bancroft apparently had raised the topic with BF as Jones had suggested: see our annotation of Jones to BF, Jan. 16. For BF’s similar answer to Landais a year earlier see XXIX, 41.

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