Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Robert R. Livingston, 27 November 1782

From Robert R. Livingston

LS:5 University of Pennsylvania Library; AL (draft): New-York Historical Society; transcript: National Archives

Philadelphia 27th. Novr. 1782


An opportunity offering from this port to write directly to you, I do not chuse to hazard anything by the Post which carries this to Boston, particularly as I did not hear till just now that a frigate was to sail from thence, and it is uncertain whether this will arrive in time to go by her— This then only accompanies the newspapers which contain all the public information now in circulation—

The Memorial of Messrs. Lé Marque and Fabre are transmitted to South Carolina, as it is a matter in which the United States are not concerned— It is to be hoped that the State will do justice to the Claimants if as is asserted Gillon acted under authority from them—6 He just left this with his Ship not in the most honorable manner having as I am informed been arrested by order of the proprietor of the Ship for his proportion of the prize money.— The Sherif stands in the gap—7

The Swiss Officer mentioned in yours I have sent to Edenton to get information about, you shall have the result of my enquiries in my next—8

As your Grandson will probably chuse to continue in the line he is in, I cannot but think he might find important advantages from opening a correspondence with this Office— His dilligence and accuracy in collecting and transmitting intelligence would procure him friends here—my attatchment to you will render me desireous to place them in the best light.

I am Sir, with great Respect and Esteem your most obedt. humble servt.

Robt R Livingston

No 22. 2plicate

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

5According to a note on the transcript this duplicate was carried by Matthias Ogden, who did not reach Paris until July 12, 1783: Morris Papers, VII, 761n. The original was sent to Boston, and the triplicate was sent by the General Washington; both are missing.

6For Lamarque & Fabre’s claims against Gillon see their letter of Sept. 10.

7When La Luzerne’s secretary Marbois obtained an arrest warrant against him, Gillon handed over command of the frigate South Carolina to Capt. John Joyner and departed for Charleston: James A. Lewis, Neptune’s Militia: the Frigate South Carolina during the American Revolution (Kent, Ohio, and London, 1999), pp. 83–4.

8On June 25, BF forwarded to Livingston the request of Jean-Jacques Vallier for a valid death certificate, his late brother Jean Vallier le cadet having died in Edenton, N.C.: XXXVII, 180–1, 539.

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