Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from John Torris, 11 August 1780

From John Torris

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Dunkerque 11th. Augt. 1780.

Honnd. Sir

The Judgement your Excellency sends me for the five first Ransoms of the Black Princess I have Recd. & am thankfull for the Same.7

I had already been Told the Intentions of our Councill for Prises, relative to the Flora; the Same I cannot conceive, & I think the Judgment Issued by your Excellency, Conformable to the King’s Réglement 28th. June 1778, must have it’s exécution or be appeald to Congress.

I have no Answer yet relative to the Commission of the Princess who is Sailed the 2d. Instt., But am not uneasy on the Subject, & your Excellency will wait till the Cruise is out. The Poor Capt. John Bell with his Boy,8 are Still at St. Omers I think— They are meer Prisonners, His Brig Hopewell havg. been Taken by the Black Prince & afterwd. retaken by the Ennemy. ‘Tis really a great misfortune for John Bell to have Sufferd so long a Time, & I have often wished for his Exchange, & in doing the Same, ‘Tis granting an act of Humanity.

I respectfully am Honnd. Sir Your Excellency’s Most Humble & most obedient Servant

J. Torris

His Excellency Dr. Franklin./.

Notation: Mr. Torris. Augt. 11. 1780

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

7BF sent it on Aug. 7, above.

8For whom see our annotation of Sartine to BF, Aug. 5. BF inquired about them in his letter to Torris of the 7th.

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