Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Lafayette, 24 December 1779

From Lafayette

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Paris 24th december at two o’clock in the morning

Dear Sir

I don’t loose Any time in informing You that mde de Lafayette is happily deliver’d of a son, and too much depend on your friendship not to be Certain that You will be pleas’d with the intelligence— The Boy shall be Call’d George,3 and you will easily Gess that he bears that Name as a tribute of Respect and love for my dear friend Gnl Washington. I Beg you will Give Notice of it to Mr. William Franklin and doctor Bancroft.

The Many Marks of affection I have Receiv’d from the Citizens of the United States, Make be bold to impart to any of them, any happy event that May happen to me— But I do it with a much Greater Confidence and pleasure when I think the News will be Receiv’d and heartly felt By My Respected friend Mr. Franklin.

With the Most Sincere affection I have the honor to be Yours


Notation: La Fayette. 24 Decr 79

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

3George-Washington de Lafayette (1779–1849) was the third of their four children. The first, Henriette, was deceased; the second, Anastasie, had been born on July 1, 1777: Idzerda, Lafayette Papers, I, xliv–xlv, 67n.

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