From John Torris
ALS: American Philosophical Society
Dunkerque 7th. sep. 1780.
I have Communicated to our Brave Capt. Macatter the Letter your Excellency did me the Honnour to write me the 23d. ulto., with the Copies therein Inclosed.— He will Strickly abide to your Commands & directions, & Preserve His American Commission.—7 He will be again ready for Sea in a Short Time.— We are both gratefull for all your Excellency’s favors.— I Shall Conform to your Directions & to those Contained in the Letters abovementd., altho’ they are Contrary to the Reglement of the 24. Sep. 1778.— As to the Shipping of French Sailors, We only Take those granted to Foreign Bottoms.
I am with utmost respect Honnd. Sir Your Excellency’s Most Hble & most obedient Servant
His Excellency Dr. Franklin./.
Notation: Mr. Torris. Sept. 7. 1780
7. Macatter accepted instead a French commission and served Torris until he was captured in October, 1781. He was eventually released: Torris to BF, Feb. 6, 1782 (APS); Clark, Ben Franklin’s Privateers, p. 174. BF received no letters from Torris during the intervening seventeen months.