Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Joshua Preble, 16 October 1782

From Joshua Preble1

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Tenterton October th16 1782

Hond. Sir.

Haveing the Misfortune to be Capturd by the Intriped of Sixty four Guns in the Ship Called the Retaliation Merchantmen my father in Law the Principle Owner Liveing at Newbury Port his Name is Stephen Cross2 Esqr Hond Sir I am on my Parole of Honour and Should beg the favour of your Kind assistance in Supplying me with ten or twelve Pounds Sir I will Give my Honour that I will remit it to you as Soon as I get my Self Exchang’d and would Pay you what Intrest you think Propper I was Capt of the Ship and Sir My Drawing on you was by my Fathers Desire If incase I was Carried into England my Own father Lives at Falmth Casco Bay in the State of Massachusetts in New England his Name Is Jedediah Preble Esq He is one of the Council at Boston.

Sir I am Your Most Obedient Humble Servant

Joshua Preble

Addressed: Honrd Doctor Frankling Esq / at / Paris in France

Notation: J Hall

1Preble (1759–1803) had served on privateers since at least 1778. His father, whom he mentions below, was Brig. Gen. Jedidiah Preble (1707–1784), one of the wealthiest citizens of Falmouth (now Portland, Me.): George Henry Preble, “Brigadier General Jedidiah Preble.—1707–1784,” New England Hist. & Geneal. Register, XXII (1868), 405–19; Massachusetts Office of the Secretary of State, Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors of the Revolutionary War (17 vols., Boston, 1896–1908), XII, 732–3.

2Preble was married to Hannah Cross: Allen, Mass. Privateers, p. 259; Preble, “Brigadier General Jedidiah Preble,” p. 419. The ship Retaliation, 10, received a commission on Feb. 21, 1782, under the command of Samuel Rice.

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