From Louis-Guillaume Le Veillard7
ALS: American Philosophical Society
The Wednesday 27 [January, 1779]
Madame Bouffé8 beseeches you to put again to Wednesday third of February the dinner that you should make at her house the tuesday second; or, if you cannot at Wednesday tenth; do me knowing, I pray you, your determination, and write it upon your books.
I say you and I will say this night that I respect and Love you more than everybody
Addressed: A Monsieur / Monsieur Franklin députe / des etats unis d’amérique / Passy
Notation: Le Veillard.
7. Instead of helping out BF with his French, as is usually the case, the friend and neighbor in Passy is trying his hand at English.
8. The heirs of banker Gabriel-Julien Bouffé, then at their financial peak (to be followed, in 1780, by bankruptcy), were on close terms with the Brillon-Le Veillard circle. See XXVI, 437–9; Lüthy, Banque protestante, II, 455n.