Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from William Brailsford, 8 June 1781

From William Brailsford8

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Amsterdam the 8th June 1781

Agreeable to promise, I take the liberty of informing your Excellency, that the Crew of the South Carolina being happily compleated, and every difficulty removed, that we shall in the Course of a few Days be ready to put to Sea— Should you have any Commands, I should esteem myself particularly favord, to be honor’d with them, when your Excellency may rely on their having the greatest Care shown them— Please to direct for me to the care of Messr De Neufville & fils, and believe me with the truest Respect Sir Your most Obdt Hum Sert

William Brailsford

Addressed: A Son Excellence Mons Franklin / Ministre Plenipotenre des Etats Unis de / L’Amerique a Passy pres / de Paris

Notation: Wm. Brailsford June 8 1781

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

8Brailsford (XXXIV, 39n) had been with Leendert de Neufville in Paris in April: XXXIV, 578. He may have received passage on the South Carolina because of his acquaintance with John Laurens: Laurens Papers, X, 12n. This is his only extant letter to BF; upon returning to Charleston he became a prominent merchant: Walter B. Edgar et al., eds., Biographical Directory of the South Carolina House of Representatives (4 vols. to date, Columbia, S.C., 1974–), IV, 414; Jefferson Papers, XII, 250, 298–303.

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