Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Jonathan Loring Austin, 12 November 1779

From Jonathan Loring Austin

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Boston 12th Novr. 1779


I had the Honor of addressing your Excellency by two different Opportunities,7 which hope have reached your Hands; I am very sensible that your Excellency’s Attention is engrossed with important Concerns for your Country, yet permit me to express my Remembrance for Civilities received, by wishing you a long Continuation of Health & Happiness.—

My late Arrival from St Eustatia viz the 6th Inst., & my short Notice of this Opportunity for France, prevent my informing you of Occurrencies here; I beg leave to refer your Excellency to the Honble. Mr Adams who takes passage in this Vessel8 & with Compliments to Mr Franklin. I am very respectfully Your Excellencys most Obedient & very humble Servant

Jon Loring Austin

His Excellency Dr. Franklin

Addressed: Son Excellence / Monsieur Franklin / Ministre plenipotentiare de l’Ame / rique a la Cour de France / Passy / pres Paris

Endorsed: Mr. Austin Boston

Notations: Austin Boston 12 Nov. 1779. / [by John Adams:] forwarded by, yr most obedient Sert. J. Adams

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

7Capt. James Thompson carried his letter of June 10 (XXIX, 656–7), William Knox those of July 12 and 27 (XXX, 96–7, 147–8).

8JA had been chosen by Congress to return to Europe as minister for conducting future peace negotiations with Britain: XXX, 542. He sailed for France aboard the French frigate Sensible on the morning of Nov. 15: Butterfield, John Adams Diary, II, 402n.

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