Benjamin Franklin Papers

James Laurens, Jr., to the American Commissioners, 12 November 1778

James Laurens, Jr.,4 to the American Commissioners

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Le Vigan5 12th Novemr: 1778.


I return you my sincere thanks for the Pass that you were so obliging as to send me, under cover of a Letter of 23d. Ulto: from Doctr. Franklin.6 And I am exceedingly mortified at finding myself under the necessity of troubling you again upon this occasion, but the Commandant of this place, informs me, that a Pass from Government is indispensably necessary.

I must therefore entreat the favour of you to procure me such a one, & as I may probably remove from hence about the 10th of next Month, I shall esteem it a great favour, if you will forward me the Pass, as soon as Possible, Letting me know the expence that attends it. I am with great Respect Gentlemen Your most Obedient humble Servant

Jas: Laurens./ JR

Addressed: Messieurs / Messieurs Franklin Lee & Adams / Deputés Plenipotentiaires des treize / Etats Unis, De l’Amerique Septentrionale / Paris

Endorsed by John Adams: Jas. Laurens—

Notation: Nov. 12 1778

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

4The brother of Henry Laurens. He had requested seven weeks earlier (XXVII, 468–70) a pass for traveling through France with his wife, a relative of hers, and two nieces.

5In Languedoc, the location of his earlier letter.

6Not extant.

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