Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Joseph-Mathias Gérard de Rayneval, 15 March 1780

To Joseph-Mathias Gérard de Rayneval

Copy: Library of Congress

Passy, March 15. 1780.


I thank you for your Care in sending my Packet which I received. I congratulate you most cordially on the safe return of your good Brother. The American News papers will give you the honourable Sentiments & Testimonies of Public Bodies with regard to him; inclos’d I send you those of my friends and Correspondents which I have extracted from their Private Letters to me imagining they might afford you some Pleasure.5 With great Esteem I have the honour to be, Sir &c.

Mr. De Renneval,

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

5We have not located the extracts praising Gérard de Rayneval’s brother, Conrad-Alexandre Gérard. It is likely, however, that they included comments by RB, Robert Morris, John Jay, and possibly Cyrus Griffin: XXX, 366, 372, 402–3, 421.

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