Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to David Gregorie, 9 October 1780

To David Gregorie

Copy: Library of Congress

Passy, Oct. 9. 1780.


I received the Letter you did me the honour of writing to me the 30th. past. The king having by a late Ordinance directed the Council of Prizes to take Cognisance of Causes arising from the Conduct of Privateers fitted out in France by his Subjects, tho’ under American Commissions, I apprehend that your proper Application for Redress will be to that Council. As you may in the Course of Such Application have occasion for the papers you enclos’d to me, I shall hold them ready to be deliver’d to any Person you may appoint to call for them.3 I have the Honour to be, Sir,

M. David Gregorie, Mt. at Dunkirk.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

3On Oct. 21 Gregorie acknowledged BF’s letter, reported he was awaiting orders on whether to apply to French courts for redress, and asked BF to send the papers relating to the case to Girardot, Haller & Co. for forwarding to him (APS). WTF made a notation on it that this was done. There are no further letters from Gregorie among BF’s papers.

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