Benjamin Franklin Papers

From Benjamin Franklin to Joseph-Mathias Gérard de Rayneval, 5 August 1781

To Joseph-Mathias Gérard de Rayneval

LS:3 Archives du Ministère des affaires étrangères; AL (draft) and copy: Library of Congress

Passy, Augt 5. 1781.


With this I send the Accounts of the Clothing that went in the Marquis de la Fayette; of which there is an Abridgement on a separate Paper.4 There went also in the same Ship 100 Tons of Saltpetre, about 1500 Barrels of Gunpowder, and the Remainder of 1500 Fusils, Part having been sent in the Ariel.

With sincere Esteem, I have the honour to be, Sir, Your humble Sert

B Franklin

M. De Raynevalle.

Endorsed: M franklin

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

3In WTF’s hand.

4Not located, although probably the former is a copy or translation of Account XXIV (XXXI, 3). JW later provided additional information about the cargo (or other copies of the abridgment): Waldo G. Leland, comp., Guide to Materials for American History in the Libraries and Archives of Paris, vol. II, Archives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Washington, D.C., 1943), pp. 593–4.

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