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4. This was Capt. Benjamin Carpenter of the cartel ship Polly
. The cartel had arrived at Bristol on 19 Dec. 1779, 24 days out of Boston, carrying prisoners taken on their passage to Jamaica. Besides this letter to JA, Carpenter also carried a letter from Digges to Benjamin Franklin giving the conditions under which Americans would be exchanged for those on the Polly
, 21–23 Dec. 1779; William Bell Clark, “In Defense of Thomas Digges,”
, 77 [Oct. 1953]:407, 408; Digges, Letters
, p. 164–169).
Cite web page as: Founding Families: Digital Editions of the Papers of the Winthrops and the Adamses, ed.C. James Taylor. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 2007.