Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Jean de Neufville & fils, [February? 1780]

From Jean de Neufville & fils

ALS: American Philosophical Society

[February, 1780?]6

Honourable Sir

We most kindly thank you for your agreable last favour, we have duely noted its contents, we hope your Excellency hath been Satisfied with our Account of the American Squadron,7 and will always be so with what She Causes to pass throw our hands.

We doubt not butt your Excellency hath received the Account of Comodor JP. Jones Esqr. arrivall at the Coruña which gave us an infinite pleasure to learn by him Self8 and that he by another cruise would proceed to France; it appears the English do not pretend to insult him as they have done our Dutch convoy; may they Soon be brought to reason and respect forever the Independent American Colours.

Many American Gentlemen lately broke out and escaped from England they were recomanded to us from there, there is two or three here Still to whome we expect to procure a passage home by the way of St. Eustacia or the Danish Island9 five of them preferrd to go by the way of France, intending to pay a visit to your Excellency, and desiring from us we should mention this; we shall always be glad to lend the Americans here all the Assistance which lays in our power; and hope to see soone the time born that we may offer them direct passages from hence.

We have the honour to be with the utmost respect and veneration Honourable sir Your Excellencys most devoted Obedient humble Servants

John DE Neufville & Son

Addressed: To / His Excellency B Franklin / Ambassador plenipotentiarie / of the united states of America / at / Passy

Notation: Neufville John & son

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

6Because of the reference to Jones’s arrival at La Coruña, we believe this letter dates from February, 1780. BF’s letter which the firm acknowledges in the opening sentence probably is his of Jan. 27, above. No other letters from BF to the firm between Nov. 28, 1779, and June 4, 1780, are extant, giving added support to our dating of this reply.

7Written Jan. 10, above.

8Jones wrote the firm from La Coruña on Jan. 16: Bradford, Jones Papers, reel 5, no. 970.

9St. Thomas, St. John, or St. Croix.

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