From Thomas Ridout9
ALS: American Philosophical Society
Bordeaux 4th: April 1780—
On my embarking at Annapolis, in the Ship Buckskin of Baltimore, the 26th of December last, Mr: Carroll committed to my Care the Letter herewith enclosed for yr. Excellency—1
An intense Frost detained the Ship near two Months in the River Potuxent, & it was not till yesterday She arrivd at this City—
Some Mercantile affairs at this place, deprives me at this time of the Honor of Personally paying my respects to you—
I am Your Excellency’s most obedt: & very Hble: servant
a l’Hôtel D’Angleterre
His Excellcy: Benjn: Franklin Esqr
Addressed: His Excellency / Benjn Franklin Esqr:
Notation: Thomas Ridout 4 April 1780
9. For this young man see XXXI, 238n.
1. XXXI, 198–202.