Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from the Marquis de Lafayette, 20 March 1780

From the Marquis de Lafayette

ALS: American Philosophical Society

on Board the hermione 20h March 1780

Dear Sir

We are Again Going to Sail,5 But no News about our cloathing— What is Become of it, I Cannot Guess, and am extremely sorry that they are not Arriv’d— I hope the Whole will be soon Sent to America, and this intelligence will I dare Say Be very Agreable to the Army.

In Wishing You A Good health, and the accomplishment of any thing You May desire, in Wishing for Myself the Continuation of Your Much esteem’d frienship, I have the honor to be with the Most perfect Respect and tendrness Your affectionate


I Beg You Will present My Compliments to Yr Grand Son and mr de Chaumont.

Notation: Marqs. La Fayette 20 mar 80

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

5Storm damage had forced the Hermione back to port, but her second sailing was more successful; the French frigate reached Boston on April 27: Idzerda, Lafayette Papers, II, 379–80; III, 3.

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