Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Gourlade & Moylan, 12 May 1780

From Gourlade & Moylan

ALS:9 American Philosophical Society

L’Orient 12th. May 1780

Honord Sir

The inclosed letter for Captain Jones1 contains a certify’d Copy of a delaration made by the Officers of the late ship of war Bonhomme Richard, at the Admiralty, regarding the Capture of the English ship Serapis, wch. he desird shou’d be immediately forwarded him.

As we think it possible said letter might not overtake him at passÿ, we take the liberty of forwarding it under this cover that you may do with it’s inclosure what may be necessary, and for this purpose, we have left it unseal’d.

We have the honor to be respectfully Honord sir Your most hle sts

Gourlade & Moylan

The Honble. Doctor B. Franklin

Addressed: The Honorable / Doctor Benj: Franklin / Plenepotentiary Minister / from the united States of / America / Passÿ./.

Notation: Gourlade & Moylan L’Orient May. 12. 80

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

9In James Moylan’s hand.

1A letter from Moylan of this date: Bradford, Jones Papers, reel 5, no. 1071.

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