Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Thomas Digges, 4 May 1779

From Thomas Digges

ALS: Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Hotel de Yorke 4th May/799


I am very sorry to be troublsome to You, but I find great difficulty in procuring my pass, & am not likely to get one without You will indulge me so far as to write a line to the Lieutenant de Police to grant me one. I have taken Dr. Bancrofts advice about it and He advises me to send the inclosd out to You either for alteration or to get a note to the Lieutenant de Police.1 I am fearful If I do not get it some time in the forenoon tomorrow I shall be prevented setting out in time to meet the next sailing Packet at Calais.

I shall wait on You early in the morning, as You last appointed, provided I receive from You in ansr. to this no intimation that You will not be ready by that time to dispatch me. You know my object, and may assure Yourself I shall have the highest satisfaction in attending patiently to those or any other of Your Commands.

I am with the Highest esteem Your very obligd & Obt. Servt

Tho Digges

The Honbe. Dr. B. Franklin Passy

Notation: May 4 1779

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

9In Paris. The previous day Digges had sworn an oath of allegiance to the United States of America before BF at Passy. APS.

1The enclosure is missing. In a note dated “Tuesday Noon” (May 4 was a Tuesday), Bancroft wrote that he could easily have procured what Digges needed (presumably passage to London) if BF had given him a pass for London; the one to Calais was useless. A line from BF directly to the Lieutenant de Police (Jean-Charles-Pierre Lenoir: XXVII, 578n) would save having to obtain another passport. He would meet Digges at the residence of Edmund Jenings. APS.

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