From Timothy Kelly
ALS: American Philosophical Society
St Malo. July 4th. 1780
Repeatedly I have wrote to your Excellency, when in the Black Prince Privateer of Boston under the Commands in both Cruizes of Capt Marshant & Dowlin wherein we took Prizes and Ransoms to a Considerable Amount.9 The Names of sd. Prizes as Clark of our former Privateer I always sent your Excellency an Account thereof in Journal Manner. When our Misfortune happened of being run on shore by the Tartar Frigate thro their Mistake1 we made the best of our way to Dunkerque, where not meeting with the Generous Usuage we Expected was Constrained thro Necessity to Embark in the Cutter The American union, under a french Commission, and is now detained here by as I can Understand by an Order from Ministry.2 Excellent Sr. such usuage as Americans Subjects Sustains in France Viz. being wronged by Torris of Dunkerque and afterwards Stopped will be a means if not prevented to hinder (as is has done some already) our Countrymen Irish, from leaving Ireland to Join in our Just Cause, There remains 22 of us here our Capt is gone to yr. Excellency to Demand. Justice and Liberty for us to set out to Sea on our Intended Cruize. Yr. Excellency will please to Dirrect to Timothy Kelly at Monsr. de Segrey3 in St Malo. Rems. [remains] with Respects yr. Excellency’s Most humble Sert.
Addressed: To / His Excellency Benjamin / Franklin Minister for the united / States at the Court of France / at Passy near Paris
Notation: T. Kelley. July 4. 1780
9. Kelly had been acting as a clerk for more than a year (see XXIX, 718n), but this is his first extant personal letter. The Black Prince was from Dunkirk, although her first captain, Stephen Marchant, may have been from Boston: XXVIII, 471n.
1. BF had learned of the loss of the Black Prince from one of her principal owners, John Torris: XXXII, 259–60. The vessel responsible, however, was the French privateer Calonne.
2. See the complaint of Joseph Myrick, captain of the American Union: XXXII, 616–17.
3. Presumably of the firm Desegray, Beaugeard fils & Cie.