Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Matthew Parke, 1 March 1782

From Matthew Parke

ALS: American Philosophical Society

L. Orient March 1st. 1782


I have been Hond. with your Excellencys letter of feby. 3d. which gives me great Satisfaction together with my Brother Officers.

I sincerely thank you not only for your kind advice but for your Offers of service.

I have wrote the Minister of France, a letter of this date, begging him to give Orders for the payment of our part of prize money into the Hands of our Attornys, Messr. Puchelberg & Co. Merchts. in this place.9

I beg your Excellency to appologize to the Minister for the liberty I have taken, & your interest with him in our behalf.

I am Sir with every Sentament of Respect— Your Excelly. obed Servt

Matthew Parke

His Excellency Dr. Franklin Minister from United States

Addressed: His Excellency Benja. Franklin Esqr. / Minister Plenipotentiary at the / Court of Versaills / Passy / near Paris

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

9In June, 1780, the officers and crew of the Alliance had appointed Puchelberg & Cie. as their agent: XXXII, 215–16, 618–19. The senior partner in the firm was American commercial agent in Lorient: XXVII, 62n.

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