From Thomas Price7
ALS: American Philosophical Society
Amiens 7 may 1782
The Letter you honour’d Mr Lew8 the Gentleman who wrote you on the Subject of these unhapy Americans—beg’d me to Interprit it. That Gentleman was mistaken when he told you They came from the prisons in England, as they can prouve the Contrary.— I doubt not but when your Exellencey Shall be propperly Satisfied of the facts, that your humanity will Imediately order them the necessary.
The many Cheats of this Sort is a Sufficient Reason for the precaution you have taken. I have the honour to be Sir Your most Obedient & Very hmble Servt.
The honourable Docter Franklin
Notation: Tho: Price—Amiens May 7 1782.
7. A textile manufacturer in Amiens: Ronald Hubscher, ed., Histoire d’Amiens (Toulouse, 1986), p. 156.
8. Leleu; see his letter immediately above.