Benjamin Franklin Papers

Quétant to William Temple Franklin, 17 May 1778

Quétant to William Temple Franklin

ALS: American Philosophical Society

La Cour Neuve May the 17th. 1778.

Dear Sir

In receiving your thanks for a very trifling matter, let me return you my hearty acknowledgement for your kind remembrance and very polite letter. Nobody should be more proud than I to deserve a little share in your favour and that of your worthy grand-father. How much such an honour would prove useful for me, I am more able to feel than to express it. All the people of this house are taken with your charming character and fine qualities. They give me order to let you know by this their acknowledgement for your compliments to them and also how they should be glad to hear them from your own mouth. You’ll find the same sentiments in every place but nowhere more sincere than here in every respect.

Let me return you my hearty thanks for the newspaper you send me.5 I’ll keep it as shortly as possible in order to deserve from you a continuance of the same.6 Do your utmost to take a journey this way, the sooner the better since we are all true lovers of you and especially Dear Sir your most obbliged and obedient Servant


Endorsed: Mr. Quétant 17. May 1778.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

5He promised a relative, by the name of De Delaye d’Acheres, to pass on to him “les papiers anglois,” so that in returning them he might improve his acquaintance with WTF. This opportunity Delaye welcomed in a flowery note, which he concluded by sending BF “les respects d’un inconnu.” To WTF, May 17, 1778, APS. He, like so many others, was trying to use WTF as a channel to his grandfather.

6Soon afterward he offered a translation, perhaps from the same source, and WTF declined because one had already appeared in the Courier de l’Europe: to [Quétant], June 19, 1778, Morristown National Hist. Park.

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