Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from ——— d’Alagnac, 11 April 1778: résumé


ALS: American Philosophical Society

<Clermont-Ferrand in Auvergne, April 11, 1778, in French: I trust that you will give me, though a stranger, news of my relative the chevalier de Pontgibaud, who left Nantes on October 11 last with recommendations to M. Lafayette and Gen. Conway.6 For six months I have had no word, and his father, seventy-seven, is in great anxiety. You are presumably informed of the least thing that happens in that country; please let me know whether he arrived, was received, and is behaving “en digne chevalier francais.”7>

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

6Charles-Albert de Moré de Pontgibaud became Lafayette’s aide-de-camp, returned home with him in 1779, went back the next year, and served through the Yorktown campaign. Bodinier, Dictionnaire under Moré; Taylor, Adams Papers, VI, 133 n.

7BF replied, d’Alagnac wrote John Adams a month later, that he had heard nothing. Ibid., p. 131.

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