Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Sartine, 30 July 1779

To Sartine

Copy: Library of Congress

Passy, July 30. 1779.


The Bearer Capitain Foligny commanded the Marquis De la Chalotais in her Voyage to America laden with Stores for our Armies in which Voyage he rendered considerable service on various occasions to the Americans with great Readiness Zeal, Activity and Intelligence and as a Mark of their Approbation and Confidance he received a Commission from the Congress Being convinc’d of his Merit and Abilities.6 I beg leave to recommend him to you Excellency’s favorable Notice, as an Officer who has an ardent desire of employing his talent in the Service of his Sovereign with great Respect I am Your Excellency’s most Obedient and most humble serv.


M. De Sartine.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

6JW had recommended Capt. Foligné on July 22: letter IV, above. All we know about his supposed commission is what he says in his letter of Aug. 9, below. A French translation of the present letter is in the Archives de la Marine.

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