Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to George Washington, 29 May 1777

To George Washington

ALS: Library of Congress

Paris, May 29. 1777.


Count Pulawski of Poland, an Officer famous throughout Europe for his Bravery and Conduct in Defence of the Liberties of his Country against the three great invading Powers of Russia, Austria and Prussia, will have the Honour of delivering this into your Excellency’s Hands.8 The Court here have encouraged and promoted his Voyage, from an Opinion that he may be highly useful in our Service. Mr. Deane has written so fully concerning him, that I need not enlarge:9 and only add my Wishes that he may find in our Armies under your Excelly. Occasions of distinguishing himself. With the most perfect Esteem, I have the Honour to be Your Excellency’s most obedient and most humble Servant

B Franklin

General Washington

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

8Pulaski (above, XXIII, 419) must have left soon after he received this letter, for he joined the American army in July: DAB.

9Deane apparently took his time about writing, or at least finishing, his letter of recommendation to Washington, which is dated June 14: National Archives.

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