LS: Walter R. Benjamin Autographs, Inc., Hunter, New York (1982); copy: Library of Congress
Passy, March 14. 1779.
The Gout having again attacked me, and confined me to my Chair, I find I shall not be able to present myself at Versailles on Tuesday.3 Your Excellency will have the Goodness to excuse me, and believe me ever, with the sincerest Esteem and Respect. Your most obedient & most humble Servant.
His Exy. Count De Vergennes.
3. March 16; see Vergennes’ letter of the 7th arranging for BF to present his credentials as minister plenipotentiary.