Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to the Marquis du Chilleau, 9 November 1779

To the Marquis du Chilleau2

Copy: Library of Congress

Passy, Nov. 9. 1779.


The Person who proposes to have the honour of presenting this to your Excellency, is Mr. Langford Lovel, a Gentleman of Excellent Character and much respected by all that know him,3 and as he has some Property in the Island under your Governement, I beg leave to recommend him to your Excellency’s favourable Notice & Protection. With great Respect I am Sir, Your Excellency’s &c

his Excelly. M. Le Marquis du Milleau Governeur of Dominique.

mutatis mutandis. The Same to the Governor of Grenada Mr. Le Comte de Durat in favour of Richard Oliver Esqe. the Same to Govr. of St. Vincents in favr. of Do.4

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

2Marie-Charles, marquis du Chilleau et d’Airvault, was governor of the island of Dominica, which had been captured by the French in 1778. BF may have dined with his wife: XXVIII, 247n.

3Benjamin Vaughan, who had forwarded Lovell’s request for a letter of recommendation to Chilleau, praised the Quaker merchant’s family and friends: XXX, 383–4.

4Vaughan had also requested these letters of introduction from BF: XXX, 503. An explanation of the request was provided BF by Oliver’s brother Thomas: XXX, 498–9.

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