Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to the Marquis de Castries, 3 December 1780

To the Marquis de Castries5

LS:6 Archives de la Marine; copy: Library of Congress

Passy Decr. 3. 1780.


The Arms for the Exportation of which Mr Williams has requested Permission, do really, belong to the Congress, being Part of a Quantity of old Arms purchased by us near three Years since, and repaired at Nantes. Your Excellency will much oblige me by granting the Passport required.

With great Respect, I am, Sir Your Excellency’s most obedient and most humble Servt.

B Franklin

His Exy M. le Marqs de Castries.—

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

5Written after the naval minister had questioned BF about the arms assembled by JW, either orally or in a now-missing letter; see BF to JW, Dec. 4, below.

6In WTF’s hand. There is also a French translation at the Archives de la Marine.

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