Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Joshua Barney, 23 November 1782

From Joshua Barney

ALS: Historical Society of Pennsylvania

L Orient Novr. 23d. 1782.


I have the honor to inform you that I only arrived last night owing to My carriage having broke down on the Road. I have found the Dispatches4 and According to Your orders have Dispatched a Courier with them to You. Your not having Given any Directions to Mr. Barclay concerning the Dispatches he Declines having any thing to do with them except providing me With the person who brings them. Therefore you will plan to Settle with the Courier on that head.5 My ship is at present Ready for Sea and hope I shall not be Detain’d any time And Am Your Most Obt. And Hble Servt

Joshua Barney

Excellency B Franklin

Addressed: His Excellency / B. Franklin / Passy / Nr. Paris

Notation: Joshua Barney Nov. 23 1782.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

4Vergennes’ dispatches from La Luzerne, for which see BF to Vergennes, Nov. 10. Barney was sent to see if they had been left on the General Washington when La Forest arrived from Lorient without them: Hulbert Footner, Sailor of Fortune: the Life and Adventures of Commodore Barney, U.S.N. (New York and London, 1940), p. 133.

5On Dec. 3 Grand paid a courier from Lorient 240 l.t.: Account XXVII (XXXII, 4).

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