Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Johann Rodolph Valltravers, 10 November 1777

From Johann Rodolph5 Valltravers

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Rockhall, near Bienne, by Neufchâtel in Switzerland,
November 10th. 1777.

Dear and much honored Sir!

Just returned from a Tour thro’ the principal of our Cantons, I found all my Countrymen concerned for the Misfortunes of England and N. America. Is there no Means to prevent the Destruction of both? Yes, there is, please God! Let but a just, equitable, pacifying Mediator step between both, and reconcile them upon liberal, safe, and honorable Principles. Such I long to open to you, before my Return to England, as Palatine Resident, if agreable.6 Please to inform me of your Pleasure, by a Line directed to Dear Sir! Your obedient humble Servant

Rh. Valltravers.

Addressed: A Monsieur / Monsr. le Dr. Franklin / chés Monsr. de Chaumont / à Passy / prés Paris.

Notation: Valtravers 10. Nov 77

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

5We have hitherto followed our predecessors in spelling the name “Rodolphe”; his letter below of Jan. 15, 1778, is the first that he signed with his full Christian name, and we consequently adopt his spelling.

6He apparently never took up residency, for his letter below of Dec. 4 was from Mannheim, and that of Jan. 10, 1778, said that he has requested and been granted his recall from London.

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