Thomas Franklin to Colonel Boudinot

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Thomas Franklin to Colonel Boudinot


POW Treatment


In this letter addressed, "Phila. 14th Feby 1778", Franklin writes Colonel Elias Boudinot interesting letter regarding feeding and clothing American prisoners in Philadelphia. Great detail on rations. Doctor advise for treatment.


Thomas Franklin


14 February 1778


John F. Reed Collection Valley Forge NHP


Box 3, Folder 26, 18-01


Respected Friend Phila. 14th Feby. 1778

Thy several favours of 31 Decr. 3d 4d the Jany came Duly to hand, with the several parsells of flower, I recd. By D. Clymor twelve Cattle, by John Chalmer twelve, & Lately lend in by Bradford twenty, that there is a supply for the prisoners for some time to come- the kings allowance |which I believe has been faithfully lend to them since Fargueson Esqr. was appointed Commissary| is for each private 8 ounces of pork & two thirds of a pound of biscute, for the officers each 12 ounces pork & one pound of biscute pr Day
I have not heard any complaint of his treatment but on the contrary have often heard both officers & privates speek of a happy change from the former to this appointment that they experienced, a great advantage both in the provisions & treatment—since I Recd. The supply I have endeavored to lend just as much as to fully satisfy them have generally sent them half a pound of Meat & half a pound of loaf bread, which they all say is fully sufficient--- I have by provisions purchaised & delivered two hundred & twenty six Ruggs & Blankets some shirts & some woolin trousers that they are much more comfortable than they was for Clothing some time past their greatest want now is liberty to take the due & exercise freely being confined I believe is the cause of so much mischief—Many of the officers are unwell at private lodgings many of them out are nearly so of fewell, & have a prospect of being much destroyed for that article. There are not teams to be hined sufficient to hall for the inhabitance that if a quantity of wood was to be sent in for the officers on parole it wd. be of great servis--- the doctors appointed to attend the sick in jail strongly recommend , the prisoners being fed |if possibly| more of vegetables, if a quantity of Turnips, Cabbage &c could be sent in |they are not to be purchased here| I believe it wd. be greatly for the good of the poor unfortunate men.—with sincere wishes for a supply of wood & vegetables. I Remain my aforesaid friend
Thos Franklin