ALS: American Philosophical Society
Paris, hotèl De picardie Ruë de seine. 26. f. 1780.
Marquis De la fayète goes to america, & I Remain behind him, with grief, but determined to follow him.—
I writte to Congress, & general wasshington, to ask a prolongation of furlough;8 if you did not think improper, to interfere by your friends, or by writting to congress, in my favour, I could expect they would grant to me, what the king of france, has granted before to serve the united states;
I beg that favour of you & Remain your most obedient humble servant
If Mr. Dana would do the same I would be much obliged to him.9
Addressed: à Monsieur / Monsieur franklin, Ministre / plenyp. / èn son hotèl / à passy.
Notation: Fleury 26 Feb 80
8. The Board of War had wished to give BF the authority to extend his leave but Congress had not accepted its recommendation: JCC, XV, 1129–30.
9. Fleury must have meant Dana acting in the capacity of JA’s secretary.