Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Dumas, 23 March 1780

From Dumas

ALS: American Philosophical Society

at the Hague 23 Mar. 1780.

Honoured & Dear Sir

Mr. Gillon will bring or forward you two packets; in one of which is the rare, elegant & authentic copy of the Utrecht Union, destined for the records of Congress, with some philosophic books for your entertainment. The other is for Captain Jones, & contains a packet for the honourable Robt. Morris, which I beg the favour to be forwarded before the sailing of the Alliance. If Mr. Gillon himself, or his man, will go there. This would be a good occasion.

I must beg another favour of yr. Excy. Viz. to let me know, as soon as possible, if You have received, in a Letter from me dated febr. 25, another Letter of mine for Mr. Carmichael,7 & what is become of it; has it been sent away to Madrid. I am extremely uneasy on account of this Letter, & Shall be so till I receive your Answer.

153. 17. 134. is to 135. the 812. 873. 433.8

I am with great respect, Honored & dear Sir your most obedient & humble servant


Addressed: His Excellency / B. Franklin, Esqr., / Min. Plenipe. of the / United States, &c. / Passy./.

Notation: Dumas, la haie March 23. 80

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

7See XXXI, 523. Dumas had recently received a warning from Carmichael about letters criticizing him to Congress: Dumas to Jones, March 18, Bradford, Jones Papers, reel 5, no. 1023.

8“Captain Gillon Brest is to bribe the ship the Indian.” Dumas probably made a coding error; he must have meant that Gillon intended to buy the ship. Gillon eventually did lease it for the South Carolina navy: XXXI, 184n.

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