From William Howard2
ALS: American Philosophical Society
On Board of a prison Ship Security lying at Chatam
Februay. 14. 1781
I take this opportunity to aguaint you that there is Six american prisoners on Bord of this Ship that was taken in august last in a bad Condition and now are in a very misorable manner not fit for no Cristean to See us we are not allowed any Cloths nor money allowed us at all
Sir/ I hope it is in your power to assist us in a few Cloths I never new Before But what the americans was to Be Exchange with the french men we are used very Bad we are very Short of rations about half a pound of Beef and a pound of Black Bread they wont let us Speak to them if we ask them for Cloths the Commesairy will tell us our Congras dont allow us any thing.
I am your very Humble Servant
N.B. Sir/ pleas to Send us an answer
Addressed: For Docter Francklin / American Anbassindor / in Paris / This
Notation: Haward Feby. 14. 1781.
2. Perhaps the same William Howard to whom BF had given 240 l.t. on Dec. 21, 1778: Alphabetical List of Escaped Prisoners; Claghorn, Naval Officers, p. 157. We have found no other letter from him.