Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Joseph Conkling, 21 August 1780

To Joseph Conkling

Copy: Library of Congress

Passy, Augt 21. 1780.


Immediately upon the Receipt of yours acquainting me with your Misfortune, and the Vessel & Cargo was in Possession of the Admiralty, I apply’d to the Minister of the Marine, & laid before him the Papers you enclos’d to me with your Letter requesting that the said Vessel & Cargo might be delivered to the Consignees.9 Inclos’d I send you the answer. I have just received from him.1 I hope the Orders will arrive by the same Post with this Letter. I have the Honour to be, Sir,—

Captain Conklin Commr. of the Brigantine Whim of New London now at la flote in the Isle of Rhé. chez M. de Chezaux.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

9See BF to Sartine, Aug. 16.

1Sartine to BF, Aug. 19, above.

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