Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Jonathan Nesbitt & Co., 18 February 1784

From Jonathan Nesbitt & Co.

ALS: American Philosophical Society

L’Orient Febry. 18th 1784—


We receiv’d in Course the honor of your Excellencys Letter of the 11th: Inst: & Yesterday forwarded those which accompany’d it by the Packet for New York.—3 We paid for Postage Sixty one Livres fifteen Sols which we have Charged to your Account:—had we thought ourselves at liberty we should have kept them for Captain Conyngham who will Sail on the 21st: Inst:4 which would have saved so much.— With the greatest Respect we have the honor to remain— Your Excellencys most Obedt. & very humble Servts:—

Jonatn: Nesbitt & Co:

The Packet Saild yesterday with a very favorable Wind—

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

3BF’s letter is missing, but his postage accounts for that day show his sending to Nesbitt a packet containing dispatches for America: Account XXV (XXXII, 3).

4The Hannibal, Capt. Conyngham (XXXV, 182n), reached Philadelphia by early May: Independent Gazetteer, May 8, 1784.

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