From Samuel Hubbart Two
ALS:7 American Philosophical Society
Mill Prison March 20th. 1782
I Wrote you the thirteenth of Feby. last8 by Capt. J. Foster Williams, wherein I informed you of my situation being taken by his Majestys Ship Recovery & Carried into Ireland, & from thence Conveyed within these Walls & being destitute of both Money & Cloths do therefore take the Liberty to write you for some, & am in hopes of your granting my Request. My Fathers family was well when I left home together with my Uncle Greenes & Mrs Mecom,9 if you will comply with my Request You will most greatly oblige your most Hble Servt.1
Addressed: To / The / Honble / Benja: Franklin Esqr / Embassador at the Court / of France. Paris.
Notation: Hubbart M. Samuel March 20 1782.
7. Which differ slightly in wording and punctuation.
8. Hubbart’s letter is actually dated Feb. 12: XXXVI, 567.
9. His father, Thomas Hubbart, was the stepson of BF’s brother John. His mother, who had died in 1775, was the sister of Catharine Ray Greene, wife of R.I. governor William Greene. The Greenes and the Hubbarts were great friends of BF’s sister Jane Mecom: V, 502n; XXXVI, 567n.
1. Hubbart wrote a final plea on May 12. Still confined in “this horrid Place,” he begged BF for assistance. Hist. Soc. of Pa.